Month: October 2011

Dennis Ritchie dies.

Posted by – Thursday 2011-10-13

Rob Pike reports, via its Google+, that Dennis Ritchie died last weekend.

Dennis Ritchie (standing) at a PDP-11

Dennis Ritchie (standing) and Ken Thompson at a PDP-11, 1972
picture courtesy of Bell Labs

Dennis Ritchie is gone, the contributions he made to the computing world – UNIX, the C programming language – will last forever. On ZDNet.com, Rupert Goodwins writes:

“While the introduction of Intel’s 4004 microprocessor in 1971 is widely regarded as a key moment in modern computing, the contemporaneous birth of the C programming language is less well known. Yet the creation of C has as much claim, if not more, to be the true seminal moment of IT as we know it; it sits at the heart of programming — and in the hearts of programmers — as the quintessential expression of coding elegance, power, simplicity and portability.”

“Unix and C’s direct and spiritual descendants cannot be counted, but include Linux, Android, Mac OS, iOS, JavaScript, C++, the genius of the internet and a world full of developers.”

black ribbon

Requiescat in pace
, dmr.