Dennis Ritchie has Died

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  1. Gromett

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    For those who are not into computers, He is the guy who invented the C Programming Language and was co creator of Unix.

    He is probably one of the most important guys in modern computing.

    It is worth googling him for more info if you haven't heard of him. I still use his "K & R" C Manual to this day.

    It is a sad day :Sad::Sad::Sad:

    Probably won't be on the news though as he didn't make shiny consumer toys.
     
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    BBC News item

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15287391
     
  3. Detnor

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    RIP Dennis,
    what a clever man, my copy of K&R still at hand 30 years on.
     
  4. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    I thought the name was familiar.....but couldn't place it....and to think that most of my 17+ years of coding has been in C :Blush:

    We used to have the K&R manual in the office, someone else took it when the place closed...used to be a really expensive book considering the page count.
     
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    And that is the beauty of it. Terse, to the point and precise :BigGrin:

    Been speaking to quite a few of my programmer, OS, puter friends tonight and there are a lot of sad people today.

    How many other operating systems does anyone know of that have had their 40th birthday and still have their DNA running through the core of the nearest CPU?

    iphone(ipod/ipad) -> OS/X -> BSD -> UNIX -> Ritchie
    Android -> Linux -> UNIX -> Ritchie
    Kindle -> Linux -> Unix -> Ritchie
    Domestic internet Router -> Linux -> Unix -> Ritchie
    Windows -> C -> Ritchie
    Sun Java (JVM) -> C -> Ritchie

    I could go on, but you are already bored :Doh::Rofl1:
     
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