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Father of "C" Programming Language Dies at 70

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October 14, 2011 10:18:29 AM

it is men like this that have driven us to where we are today. i wonder where the world would be if they had had the same philosophy as apple in regards to innovation. you will be missed!
October 14, 2011 10:33:43 AM

@rocso - Thank you for that comment. I do not believe I could have said it better myself.
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October 14, 2011 10:36:50 AM

we were lucky that the monopoly AT&T abided by its (was it a consent decree?) limitations to avoid the appearance of moving into the computer business. As a result, they made it available to colleges and universities giving great numbers of students access to operating system kernels. AT&T's business decision led to widespread expertise in building and using operating systems. Only later did AT&T enter the computer business for profit, leading to the funding of BSD Unix, various Unix wars (such as POSIX), and eventually Linux. Innovation everywhere you look, based on a monopoly that's knows its place.
October 14, 2011 10:41:52 AM

Steve Jobs was a great man. But he would have been nowhere without giants like Dennis Ritchie.
October 14, 2011 10:42:02 AM

Thanks for C mate, Rest in peace.
October 14, 2011 10:56:45 AM

What a sad sad month for the IT world.
October 14, 2011 11:08:53 AM

printf("Goodbye world.\n");
October 14, 2011 11:15:17 AM

Kim Jong Il is president of Bell Labs?!? OMG!
October 14, 2011 11:41:14 AM

R.I.P
October 14, 2011 11:58:45 AM

Steve Jobs was merely a profiteer with street smarts at the right time, just like Bill Gates. They both stole others' ideas and exploited their employees for profit. Nothing else.
No comparison with Dennis Ritchie, a genuine pioneer, who dedicated his time and genius to promoting knowledge through computer science.
You will not be forgotten. The world is much better because of your accomplishments.
owner of http://mdgx.com
October 14, 2011 12:04:37 PM

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great man :) 
R.I.P, your legacy remains.
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October 14, 2011 12:09:31 PM

Rest In Peace! If I had the mind to program I would...
It is as much as an Art as its a science. Though You would say that you given us the brushes we need to give life to these machines we call computers.
October 14, 2011 12:31:20 PM

rocsoit is men like this that have driven us to where we are today. i wonder where the world would be if they had had the same philosophy as apple in regards to innovation. you will be missed!


Actually, when Apple first started, they were very big into open systems. The Apple ][, ][+ and //e all were created to allow the user to open up, add cards, program, etc. It wasn't until the Lisa and Mac came out that the systems became closed.

In fact, I learned C on an Apple //e using the Aztec C Compiler which had it's own Unix-like environment for programming. So, if it weren't for Apple, I might not have gotten into programming and computers.

With Apple, I was able to program right from the DOS prompt. No need to buy anything as it was all built in. Next, I learned 6502 machine language programming. Again, no need for purchasing a program. CALL -131 put me into the monitor to begin entering hexadecimal operators to program in machine code. Or, you could launch into the monitor and then type F666G to launch into the mini-assembler to do assembly language programming. Once you were done, BSAVE was your friend to save it back to disk. Of course, that was good for small programs. I eventually got the Orca Macro assembler to do my assembly language programming.

So, as much as people hate Apple (I myself have a droid, not an iPhone but I don't hate Apple), they really elevated the hobbyist computer to a new level that brought video gaming on the computer to the forefront. I had SO many games for my Apple it isn't funny. In fact, I will go and run the Apple emulator on my PC when I feel really nostalgic for games like Ultima, Wizardy, Karateka, etc.

As it is, if it weren't for the iPhone, would we even have all the choices we have to choose from (iPhone, Android, Windows 7 phones)? That's the beauty of a free market. Apple is free to have tight reigns on their products which in turn drives innovation from other companies to create competing products. That gives us, the consumer, choices. That's better than some other countries where you don't have a choice.

I'll take Apple existing to help drive the market over having only one choice.
October 14, 2011 12:39:19 PM

rest in peace
October 14, 2011 12:57:21 PM

Along with how terrific the C language is, The K&R C book is still the best programming reference I own. Thin and concise while containing a reference to and an example of everything someone who programmed the base C language might ever need.

It's strange how strongly I reacted to this news. C was my first language, and I've been aware of Mr. Ritchie's influence since the first time I programmed a computer, and now, he's gone.
October 14, 2011 12:59:07 PM

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[Steve Jobs was a great man. But he would have been nowhere without giants like Dennis Ritchie./quote]

Steve Jobs greatness stems from his skills at propaganda, receiving unconditional MSM support, and deceit.
October 14, 2011 1:01:44 PM

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What a sad sad month for the IT world.


Yes it is sad that true genius of the IT world died. Dennis was no propagandist, defrauder of the gullible masses. He was just smart and demur.
October 14, 2011 1:04:01 PM

Wasn't Windows initially written in C?
October 14, 2011 1:06:55 PM

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Steve Jobs was merely a profiteer with street smarts at the right time


He was also a con-artist with unconditional support of the narrowly owned MSM. The media is not telling us about Dennis, but still insists on proudly trumpeting non stop their "genius" Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was a good actor and impostor. It sadden me to see great men like Dennis pass away with so little commentary on his contribution to inf. technology and civilization.
October 14, 2011 1:08:55 PM

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he's the father of modern computing he dies and no1 cares. just look at the number of comments. Compare it to steve jobs that didn't do anything productive other then sue other companies over silly patents.


So fucking true. So tragic. When are the people going to demand freedom from MSM propaganda?
October 14, 2011 1:14:00 PM

RIP, a real innovator.
October 14, 2011 1:35:47 PM

Nothing against Steve Jobs, but Dennis Ritchie deserves much more credit for his contribution to the computing industry. Eveything, at some point, is written in C or at the very least had to use something written in C to even exist (maybe assembly). The whole industry including Microsoft, Apple, etc own him a debt of gratitude.
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October 14, 2011 2:05:14 PM

Thanks you very much for UNIX and other Linux based OSs Dennis. Its people like this we should remember who made so much possible in the IT world we live in today. Not bloody Steve Jobs.
October 14, 2011 2:06:07 PM

No need to compare Jobs and Ritchie people, both were greats in their own rights, somebody had to come earlier and lay foundation for others to benefit. Sad month for IT nevertheless.
October 14, 2011 2:08:04 PM

(C++ code in Windows)

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October 14, 2011 2:18:16 PM

i wonder how many people actually know where RIP is coming from (requiescat in pace, in latin...)...
October 14, 2011 2:18:32 PM

wasn't C just evolutionary instead of revolutionary. i mean weren't there other programming languages before that were very similar to C? i mean we didn't just jump from assembly language to C did we?
October 14, 2011 3:05:03 PM

Finally, toms decided to post something about Dennis. When Jobs died we had two articles created in his honor, yet it took more than two days to whip up an article in Dennis honor. This is the problem with tech nowadays, the people that truly innovate and push the technology forward are completely ignored.
October 14, 2011 3:07:59 PM

I wonder if Barrrack Obama will mention Richie amongst the great inventors of America as he did for Steve Jobs. It's so freaking ironic that the true titans of IT never get credit. You need to be a showman with a big Bank account and factories in China in order to be mentioned by the president of USA. Sad, sad, sad....
October 14, 2011 3:13:19 PM

isamuelsonSo, as much as people hate Apple (I myself have a droid, not an iPhone but I don't hate Apple), they really elevated the hobbyist computer to a new level that brought video gaming on the computer to the forefront. I had SO many games for my Apple it isn't funny. In fact, I will go and run the Apple emulator on my PC when I feel really nostalgic for games like Ultima, Wizardy, Karateka, etc.

Actually the system that brought computer gaming to the forefront was the Commodore 64 and later the Commodore Amiga.
October 14, 2011 3:32:10 PM

I knew the comments section would somehow turn into a Dennis Ritchie > Steve Jobs rant. You guys are pathetic.
October 14, 2011 3:36:23 PM

What's wrong with this year? First Mr.Steve Jobs and now Mr. Dennis Ritchie
October 14, 2011 3:46:44 PM

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main()
{
printf ("code complete");
}
October 14, 2011 3:48:23 PM

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main()
{
printf ("code complete");
}
October 14, 2011 3:49:00 PM

include < afterlife.h >
main()
{
printf ("code complete");
}
October 14, 2011 3:50:50 PM

Rest in Peace Mr.Ritchie, and thanks for your huge contribution to mankind.
October 14, 2011 4:19:22 PM

RIP Mr. Ritchie, your legacy will live on forever. Thank you.
October 14, 2011 4:24:59 PM

isamuelson So, as much as people hate Apple (I myself have a droid, not an iPhone but I don't hate Apple), they really elevated the hobbyist computer to a new level that brought video gaming on the computer to the forefront. I had SO many games for my Apple it isn't funny. In fact, I will go and run the Apple emulator on my PC when I feel really nostalgic for games like Ultima, Wizardy, Karateka, etc.


Apple computers has a much greater market share in the USA compared to the rest of the world. Apple 2 didn't mean anything for the rest of the world.
The same thing is still true today when it comes to Macintosh.
The "home computer" revolution for the "masses" didn't really start for real until 1983-84 and at that time it was the Commodore 64 and later the Amiga that were the big players.
And when talking about computer games even around the time of the when the Apple 2 was big in the US, Atari was probably the most important game system. The Atari 400 was released in 1979 (the video game system 2600 came even before that) and was much cheaper but with (for the time) great color graphics and it sold lots of units. Probably more people world-wide were playing games on the Atari systems at the time than on an Apple 2...

October 14, 2011 4:37:26 PM

isamuelsonSo, as much as people hate Apple (I myself have a droid, not an iPhone but I don't hate Apple), they really elevated the hobbyist computer to a new level that brought video gaming on the computer to the forefront. I had SO many games for my Apple it isn't funny. In fact, I will go and run the Apple emulator on my PC when I feel really nostalgic for games like Ultima, Wizardy, Karateka, etc.citation]

Actualy those were all made for DOS games (i know apple had them to) but back then my dos computers ran them better with far less resources then the apple machines. only thing i remember playing on the apple was mole. Or whatever the stupid line was that you gave a distance and it moved. When i want to play ultima, wizardry ect. i open dos box :)  or dust off my nintendo.

Anyways back on topic. The man who invented Unix and C yeah deserves more then a man who wanted to be the face of your home computer and had vanity issues.Great people dont care about publicity they care about thier art. People wanting to make a buck are the ones talking about thier "art" all over media.
October 14, 2011 5:24:23 PM

Maxor127I knew the comments section would somehow turn into a Dennis Ritchie > Steve Jobs rant. You guys are pathetic.

I don’t think that Dennis is superior or inferior to Steve. Both contributed a lot in the tech industry. But sometimes is frustrating that some players receive all the attention and others that contributed the same or more remain in complete obscurity and are not given the respect they rightfully deserve.
October 14, 2011 5:38:01 PM

too bad this guy wasn't a cheating lying theiving b.s.er that didn't make his stuff idiot proof and then put it on 10 year old obsolete basic hardware and mark the prices up by 3000% of todays current basic hardware prices like that ROAD-APPLES ceo did. he might have actually made the news the day he died and been talked about for the next few weeks every day.
Anonymous
October 14, 2011 5:38:36 PM

RIP Dennis Ritchie (True Innovator Inventor)

Good Riddance Steve Jobs (Con- Artist)
October 14, 2011 5:46:29 PM

He makes Jobs look like a used car salesman.
October 14, 2011 5:47:39 PM

Maxor127I knew the comments section would somehow turn into a Dennis Ritchie > Steve Jobs rant. You guys are pathetic.


Why is it pathetic? People who understand technology realize that this man did far more to advance the industry than anything Mr. Jobs has contributed. We are just trying to give the man his due.
October 14, 2011 6:01:07 PM

IndignantSkepticwasn't C just evolutionary instead of revolutionary. i mean weren't there other programming languages before that were very similar to C? i mean we didn't just jump from assembly language to C did we?

It depends how you look at it. The reigning high-level languages at the time were Fortran and COBOL. The former is still in use today, the latter we'd be happy to finally get rid of (Remember Y2K? It brought it back to the forefront for a while...). Assembler was still in use as well. The revolutionary aspect that C brought was that you could program in a high-level language and retain most of the performance you'd get from programming in assembler. You got direct control over the content of the memory thanks to its direct support for memory pointers. (Ironically, Java and C# are popular precisely because they eliminated raw pointers and explicit memory management.) It was (and still is) also loved for its succinct notation (especially compared to the monstrosity that is COBOL) that lives in its successors (C++, Java, C#, etc.). C++ brought the C language into the modern object-oriented programming world and that is my main programming language.
October 14, 2011 6:07:59 PM

Dennis Ritchie => a genius inside a simple man
:) 
October 14, 2011 6:44:52 PM

He, like Telsa, contributed so much, but got so little recognition for the contributions they have given society and humanity as a whole. The little man who wants to make things better for all and for free always gets squashed by the profiteers (ie. Jobs and Edison). That's just the totally messed up world we live in.

Sad part is, that we are still going back and relearning all the stuff Telsa did way back then, but we ignored him and shunned him. We wasted a true gift of genius, and in doing so we probably set ourselves back a hundred years. He even said way back in 1932 that there were particles moving faster than the speed of light...sad.
October 14, 2011 7:04:00 PM

C was the fourth language I learned, right after Basic, assembly, and Pascal, but it is the one I have used the most over the years. And the languages I currently use for web development, JavaScript and PHP, are both C-like.

It would not matter to Dennis that the average person will not take note of his passing, because that was the type of person he was. He cared about the tech, not the glory.
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