Mad Respect for Dennis Ritchie, Father of C Programming Language and Unix, Dead at 70

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bpstone

Rest in peace Dennis Ritchie.

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Carlidan

Rest in Peace and Condolences to the family. 

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Vigilant Satyr

Did the Wachowskis' intentionally make the character of "The Architect" in the Matrix films look exactly like Dennis Ritchie?

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Archangel1976

The only code needed here:

Dennis Ritchie > Steve Jobs

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SYL808

I don't use C or Unix but I still appreciate what you've done, rest in peace.

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Engelsstaub

R.I.P., Sir.

Our world is better because you lived.

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lo_tek

Addendum: my God, they're dropping like flies now.  I can see the 20th century rapidly fading into history...

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lo_tek

Godspeed, Ritchie!  I'm sure you can C what's going on down here from up there.  Say hello to the rest of the greats up there, huh?

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Conal_keaney

Many thanks to you Ritchie for creating C and Unix. Alot of other languages came to be, based from C. Clearly this guy was a hero, without him I can't imagine what the world would be like today. Thank you Ritchie. 

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kkern

#include <stdio.h>

void main ( ) {

    printf("goodbye, world\n");

    }

I guess God got Steve Jobs for the marketing ... but now needs Dennis Ritchie to actual make it work!  Wonder who will be next?The co-author of the first "real" programming book I got in college, The C Programming Language -- perhaps the most densely packed 272 page book I have ever owned. Still use it today, some 20 years later.

 

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LatiosXT

Dennis Ritchie, I salute to you for making computers (and by computer, any electronic that fits the basic definition) what they are today.

It will be sad that few people will know his legacy than, well, you know who.

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JCGPZ9

It's sad that people hold more respect for Steve Jobs than the father of a popular computing language simply because someone else would've come along to do the job (this was actually said by an iFan on another site).

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Conal_keaney

I know right? Without C or Unix, alot of what we hold for granted in our tech world would not be here. C is awesome. I have yet to learn it (which I've heard it's not too diff from C++) but C is a pretty cool language. I middle ground between low level language and a high level language. 

I digress but it does make me a tad sad people will give way more attention to Steve Jobs than Ritchie. 

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oihorse

It wouldn't be fair to say what Steve accomplished was any less important, rather they existed at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Dennis' accomplishments were decidedly less flashy and he wasn't CEO of the most successful company of the time amidst a crumbling economy.

Moreover, the non-tech populace that makes up the majority of the population have a hell of a lot harder time understanding what C is or what Unix is or its importance.

That ignorance could easily be overcome if we had somewhat competent mainstream journalists and reporters that could parley that information into something tangible like "You know that smartphone in your hand? Well before Steve Jobs or Google, the guy that made all that possible just died. His name was Dennis Ritchie."

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JCGPZ9

Robert Galvin of Motorola has also passed away. Little blurbs here and there about that compared to Jobs.

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Engelsstaub

This isn't just with Steve Jobs, but any celebrity. People aren't always reknowned for accomplishments, though Steve did accomplish quite a bit.

If people only became famous for good reasons then we wouldn't see dumbasses like Hilton or the Kardashians on the cover of every rag that hits the stands.

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Coldrage

People generally just aren't interested in anything that requires using their brain which is why the masses are mostly borderline retarded.

R.I.P Ritchie.

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thetechchild

Not necessarily. They just might not be interested in the field. A doctor could in no way be considered "borderline retarded", but I wouldn't expect one to know about C or Unix... Facing facts, true techies are a niche (even if larger than most) among the masses.

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bpstone

Funny

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