Oct 13 2011

Dennis Ritchie dies

Now this is getting depressing. It seems that Dennis Ritchie (the “R” in K&R, author and creator of the C programming language and genuine legend in computing history) died last weekend. Bell Labs reported yesterday, and confirmed today, that Ritchie had died after a long illness. He was 70 years old.

As a unix fan, ex-sysadmin and (rusty) C programmer, I owe much to what he created.

dmr once said: “UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.”

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