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Dennis Ritchie was a giant

Posted October 14th, 2011 by dale

How amazing is it that Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie died in the same week?

Jobs was a very visible guy in the modern technology world. Ritchie was unknown to the users. He created the C programming language that is the foundation of virtually all of the code that makes this stuff work. He was a very unsung hero to those of us who build the internal stuff of the techno multiverse.

His book "The C Programming Language" was a revelation when it appeared. Clear, concise, elegant and a tiny book (compared to the 3-ring tomes typical of DEC's manuals for languages like Fortran.

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