Friday, October 14, 2011

The Legacy of Dennis Ritchie

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This has escaped my attention. Dennis Ritchie, the creator of C and Unix, died on October 8 - his death overshadowed by the death of another pioneer Steve Jobs. Much of our modern information technology backbone - from web servers to operating systems to network software - had been developed using the C programming language. To quote a google Engineer, the internet "is basically a C shop". His legacy, indeed, is incalculable.

main() { printf("Thank you Dennis Ritchie!"); }

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