walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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R of K&R dies

The ZDnet response is good:

http://www.zdnet.com/news/dennis-ritchie-father-of-unix-and-c-dies/6314570

And the one at Dr Dobbs is touching:

http://drdobbs.com/231900742

This:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/dennis-ritchie-father-of-c-programming-language-and-unix-dies-at-70/2011/10/13/gIQADGNbhL_blog.html

collects some nice, short tributes.

There are many more.

My first experience with Ritchie's work could best be described as 45 minutes of anger and frustration with K&R (the book), trying to get hello world to work and failing because I had the wrong slash. After that rocky start, however, I grew to love the world he (and others) created in Unix and C (when I wasn't busy hating computers generally, because they had failed in some way that was not my fault). My short and ridiculously remunerative career existed entirely within that world. While I do not in any way miss programming (and have written virtually no code since retiring), if, for any reason, I had to return to that life, I would once again insist on working only within that world.

I hope he enjoyed his life and his place in our world.
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