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RIP Dennis Ritchie

October 13, 2011

Dennis Ritchie died last weekend – about four days after Steve Jobs’ death.  He is the inventor of C and co inventor of Unix.

C is the second most popular programming language in the world.  It also influenced the following languages:
C++, C–, C#, Objective-C, BitC, D, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, LPC, AMPL, AWK, csh, Go, Limbo, LPC, Pike and Processing.

Unix is an operating system designed to handle multiple users and multiple processes effectively.  It, and its variants are what the Internet is built on.  It influenced Linux, MINIX, BSD variants and Apple’s OS X

In other words, he and Steve Jobs represent the bulk of Microsoft’s competition and are probably all that stood in the way of Bill Gates owning the entire planet at this time.

Rest In Peace.

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