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On 27 Jun 2006, at 20:08, Geo Massar wrote:

ANSI C was designed cheifly for Unix family. We do have a C compiler for

It would be fairer to say that of the many operating systems and C implementations that were current when ANSI C was being standardised (and don't forget, Windows was not one of those) only Unix is still important today. In addition to which this new fangled operating system called Windows has risen in importance since the standardisation of C. The real issue is why didn't the designers of the Windows API make it a better match for the existing features in standard C?

Obviously C and Unix grew up in the same mad-house, they're bound to share a little something.