Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:28 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
General Unix The groundbreaking work he did with Ken Thompson led to the operating system behind everything from set-top boxes to the iPhone, but who sings the praises of the late Dennis Ritchie?
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by thavith_osn on Mon 17th Oct 2011 20:22 UTC
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dmr was late on the scene for me. The first computer I ever used was an Apple ][ in 1980, and the first men in computing I heard of were the two Steves. Woz was the biggest inspiration to me in those years, but Jobs came to prominence in 84 when I saw my first Mac and desperately wanted on.

I went to Uni in 86 but didn't use Unix or C until the late 80's. We had a project to write an assembler, which we were expected to use Pascal or some such. I had heard of this language called C, so found a compiler (I think it was Turbo C) and started to learn. I got an A for that project, and began my love affair with the language. I also discovered Unix a couple of years later and again fell head over heals for it.

To be honest, I didn't research the men behind Unix and the man behind C until maybe the early 00's.

The computer industry rests on the shoulders of many giants, Dennis is one of them as are many others, each man contributing so much to the science we all love.

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