Thursday, October 13, 2011

Death of a True Tech Pioneer

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie
1941-2011
He wasn't a lefty politician who fed off the public teat, even after death.

He wasn't a greedy misanthropist who sold shiny gadgets made with sweatshop labour.

He created the most widely used programming language in the world which became the foundation of virtually every modern piece of technology.  The C programming language is incredibly powerful yet, so concise that the document (lovingly known as K&R) that completely describes it is a small soft-cover book only 274 pages long.

Yet, hardly a news outlet will mention his passing, geek and technology sites notwithstanding.  In fact, he died 5 days before the news of his death was made public

I've written millions of lines of C in my day.  Here's one more.

main()
{
     printf("Goodbye, dmr/n");
}

1 comment:

  1. Ah yes, Dennis Ritchie and Grace Hopper. Two of my personal heroes.

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