Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RIP Dennis Ritchie

Rob Pike reports on Google+ I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information..

Programmers know the name but if you don't, his wikipedia entry might help.


kim said...

In memorial, I decided to leaf thru my K&R. But apparently, it has disappeared. I spent close to a decade coding in C. What I remember best was cursing it (or a particular implementation) usually after a stupid error on my part. At the same time it was a significant improvement over assembler programming which was standard for many applications at the time.

Howard said...

I learned C pretty early on from K&R and it w only after reading many other programming books that I really appreciated its conciseness.

Also, my favorite comment so far is that to "like" Pike's post on Google+ the button, rather than +1, should be ++.

Irina said...

K&R was my favorite book on C. I still have it on a shelf in the basement. As my tribute, I'll move it to an upstairs' shelf now. Coding in C after assembler was strange but Ritchie made it much easier.
It was sad losing both Jobs and Ritchie in a space of a single week.