Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Oct 2011 00:28 UTC
General Unix Twitter is currently buzzing about the death of Dennis Ritchie, the visionary creator of UNIX and C, among other things. We hope it's just a false rumor. Story developing, we will be updating. Update: Unfortunately, it seems to be confirmed. Rob Pike, co-creator of the Plan 9 and Inferno OSes, who has worked with Ritchie in the past, and he's currently working for Google's GO language, posted this.
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cheers to a great mind
by transputer_guy on Thu 13th Oct 2011 16:33 UTC
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I still get that tickle when I first used C and Unix. I had already used Algol60/Pascal/BCPL but C gave "all" of the machine back to the programmer, here it is, use it to do what you want. Want to throw in asm, no problem, freedom to push the pedal to the max. Even self modifying code (in asm) thrilled me.

Alas those freedoms led to its shortcomings too, but security and viruses were not on our minds then, we trusted fellow computer folks.

I still appreciate the terseness too, choose your own style. Even working on C compilers (LCC) has been fun.

Thank you Dennis

Also lets not forget that many of the giants of the 60s and 70s have been passing or will soon enough. I wonder if Knuth will ever finish his life work on Art of ... or what Wirth is up to today.

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