P. J. Plauger

P. J. Plauger
Born Phillip James Plauger
(1944-01-13) January 13, 1944 (age 74)
Petersburg, West Virginia
Occupation entrepreneur and writer
Alma mater
Genre Science fiction
Notable works "Child of All Ages"
Notable awards John W. Campbell Award (1975)[1]

Phillip James (Bill) Plauger[2] (born January 13, 1944, Petersburg, West Virginia) is an author, entrepreneur and computer programmer. He has written and co-written articles and books about programming style, software tools, and the C programming language, as well as works of science fiction.

Plauger worked at Bell Labs from 1969 to 1975,[1] where he coauthored Elements of Programming Style and Software Tools with Brian Kernighan. In 1978, he founded Whitesmiths, the first company to sell a C compiler and Unix-like operating system (Idris). He has since been involved in C and C++ standardization and is now the president of Dinkumware. In January 2009 he became the convener of the ISO C++ standards committee, but in October 2009 he tendered his resignation after failing to pass a resolution to stop processing any new features in order to facilitate the promised shipping date for the C++0x standard.[3][4]

Plauger has been credited with inventing pair programming while leading Whitesmiths Ltd.[5]

Plauger wrote a science fiction short story, "Child of All Ages", first published in Analog in the March 1975 issue, whose protagonist was granted immortality before attaining puberty and finds that being a child who never grows up is far removed from an idyllic Peter Pan-like existence. The story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1975 and a Hugo Award in 1976. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1975--notably beating John Varley for the award--and subsequently sold a story to The Last Dangerous Visions.

Plauger holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Princeton University and a PhD in nuclear physics from Michigan State University.[6]


Dinkumware Limited
Industry Software
Headquarters Concord, Massachusetts, US
Key people
P. J. Plauger, Pete Becker
Products Dinkum C++ library
Dinkum C++ Library Reference
Dinkum C Library Reference
Dinkum CoreX Library
Website www.dinkumware.com

Dinkumware is an American software company specializing in core libraries for C/, owned and operated by P. J. Plauger. It is based in Concord, Massachusetts.

The company has provided the C++ Standard Library implementation that ships with Microsoft since 1996, and supplies and libraries to the embedded community. They also provide libraries for Java and other tools, including "proofers" to test for library adherence to the standard.


  • Spectroscopy in the Titanium Isotopes (1969)
  • The Elements of Programming Style (1974, revised 1978) with Brian W. Kernighan
  • Software Tools (1976) with Brian W. Kernighan
  • Software Tools in Pascal (1981) with Brian W. Kernighan
  • The Standard C library (1992)
  • Programming on Purpose, collected essays from the magazine Computer Language
    • Volume I: Essays on Software Design (1992)
    • Volume II: Essays on Software People (1993)
    • Volume III: Essays on Software Technology (1993)
  • The Draft Standard C++ Library (1995)
  • Standard C: A Reference (1989, revised 1992, revised 1996) with Jim Brodie
  • The C++ Standard Template Library (2001) with Alexander Stepanov, Meng Lee, and David Musser


  1. ^ a b Salus, Peter H. (2005). "Chapter 15. Commercial UNIXes to BSDI". The Daemon, the Gnu and the Penguin. Groklaw. 
  2. ^ Plauger, Phillip James (1969). "Spectroscopy in the Titanium Isotopes" (PDF). PhD Thesis. Michigan State University, Department of Physics. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 8, 2016. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ Stefanus Du Toit, ISO/IEC C++ Standards Committee Paper N3003 (December 4, 2009). "Minutes of WG21 Meeting, October 19, 2009" (PDF). pp. 10, 20-21. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ comp.std.c++, George Ryan, Ville Voutilainen, Francis Glassborow, and Steve Clamage (October 25, 2009). "Plauger resigned as convener?". Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Larry Constantine, "The Benefits of Visibility," Computer Language Magazine, Vol. 9, No. 2, February 1992. Reprinted in L. L. Constantine, The Peopleware Papers [Prentice Hall, 2001]
  6. ^ Shannon Cochran (March 31, 2004). "Dr. Dobb's Journal Excellence in Programming Award". Dr. Dobb's Journal. 

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