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Goodnight and Farewell Mr Ritchie

October 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in cool science, webstuff

The Father of C language and UNIX has passed away.  Another great mind is gone from the field.

If you don’t know how important he really was, read this

Today, C remains the second most popular programming language in the world (or at least the language in which the second most lines of code have been written), and ushered in C++ and Java; while the pair’s work on Unix led to, among other things, Linus Torvalds’ Linux. The work has without a doubt made Ritchie one of the most important, if not under-recognized, engineers of the modern era.

If Steve Jobs had designed a car, Dennis Ritchie was the one who would have built the engine.


h/t to the blog that nobody reads