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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Sad Times: Dr. Dennis Ritchie
by lucere on Fri 14th Oct 2011 02:57 UTC
lucere
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2009-03-22

As a society we grow, improve, and adapt. A society is made of biological organisms and as such has the characteristics of any individual biological organism. Just as biological organisms adapt to their environment, a society adapts, but not as a result of the environment that forces adaptation of it's biological components. Instead a society adapts by the will of it's components. The will of special forward thinking individuals drive society forward. These individuals improve how we live our lives every day. They make it easier to accomplish tasks, make it easier to build enterprises, enable better health care, and improve the quality of, not only our short existence on this planet, but the short existence of all future generations.

Above all else, there is one feat of society that is remarkably powerful and aids the progression of that society in more ways than any other single characteristic. Without the development of language, we would have no collaboration, we would have no healthcare system, we would have no transference of information to the next generation to continue our work. Language is the network of society.

Dr. Dennis Ritchie has died. Dr. Dennis Ritchie contributed to society the most powerful contribution anyone can make to a society: language. Dr. Ritchie's language was a progressive language and not a language spoken by people, but a language used by the aids of people; Dr. Ritchie was the creator of the C programming language that is the basis for all computing today.

There is no technology any of us can practically use that does not exist because of the work contributed by Dr. Ritchie. The motivation of Dr.Ritchie was the progression of our society. The result is a tool that enables both individual progression and society progression without compromise. The C programing language was, among other reasons, designed to enable software to be easily portable across computer platforms. The Unix operating system, as an example, for which he was the primary developer, was able to be ported to every computer platform due to his language.

Our society exists as it exists thanks in great part to Dr. Dennis Ritchie.

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elmemo Member since:
2007-04-28

I think there's still a lot he can contribute to the world in the coming years, Plan9 isn't dead yet.

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