Thursday, October 13, 2011

RIP DMR


DMR passed away on October 8 at the age of 70. He was the creator of the C progamming language. I can remember in college when I took a C class that the book that we had to used was The C Programming Language, written by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie and was where I learned K&R style.

I found a really good article today regarding Dennis Ritchie that I believe sums things up nicely. An excerpt follows:
"By creating C, Ritchie gave birth to the concept of open systems. C was developed so they could port Unix to any computer, and so that programs written on one platform (and the skills used to develop them) could be easily transferred to another.
In that way, Ritchie has shaped our world in much more fundamental ways than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates have. What sets him apart from them is that he did it all not in a quest for wealth or fame, but just out of intellectual curiosity. Unix and C were the product of pure research—research that started as a side-project using equipment bought based on a promise that Ritchie and Thompson would develop a word processor."

main( )
 {
        printf("goodbye, dmr\n");
 }

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