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Old 13th October 2011, 21:01   #16
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It's hard to imagine a day in office without C and Unix...
Yes, Unix and C are bread-and-butter for millions out there.

RIP Sir, your contributions to computing will be around for a long long time.
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Old 13th October 2011, 21:47   #17
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A very sad news indeed. The saddest time for me after Richard Stevens passed away in 1999. C and Unix has been an integral part of my work life and personal life for a long time.

RIP Sir. You created the foundation on which millions tread and will tread for times to come.
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Sad to hear this. C is undoubtedly the greatest enabling computer language. While most of the recent languages are used to develop applications, C was/is primarily used of developing platforms and other languages.

I was fortunate enough work in the same company (AT&T Bell Labs) as Dennis Richie in the early 90s. At first it was a thrill to just check the employee directory and find the greats like Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Bjarne Stroustrup, Ken Thompson, Douglas McIlroy, David Korn, etc., in the same directory that listed me. That itself was a humbling experience. Alright, alright, they were in a different building, at Murray Hill facility. Aptly enough, employee directory was also an Unix command-line program. The last two guys used to compete in company-wide programming contest (POTM) with rest of us mortals. Of course, the Murray Hill crowd used to win the contest almost every time. At first I didn't realise who Douglas McIlroy was... One day I was looking up Bjarne Stroustrup in the employee directory and was shocked to see McIlroy was his boss. That was one intimidating crowd, by reputation.

I started my love for programming with C back in 1989, I still use it when required in my C++ code. Many of the libraries I use are in C. It is an ageless language, it is likely to remain so for few more decades.

Recently some fresh-of-boat programmer commented to me that C/C++ is a dinosaur, nobody uses it anymore and it should relegated to history books. He was all for Java/C#/Python/Ruby.

I sighed and asked him to Google for popularity statistics on computer languages. He was stunned at the result.

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Such is the legacy of Dennis Ritchie. The language he invented (C), together with its younger brother (C++ or C with classes) account for 26% of the programmer mind-share even now. That is more than Java & C# put together.

Rest in peace Dennis Ritchie.
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There nothing which C cannot do.... RIP Sir :(
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RIP Sir, you will be remembered as long as computers exists. Being a cpp programmer myself and associated with at&t for few years feel sad to hear this. may ur soul rest in peace
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RIP Sir, Your legacy is inserted within the "while(1){}" loop
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It has been my professional life line for last 12 years.
RIP sir your invention was amazing.
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To many who may not get it immediately - though that would be blasphemous. These images should bring back memories..
Yup! The book that launched a thousand IT shops decades later.

SJ meant nothing to me, but with Dennis, I feel the loss - reading the book was like developing a personal rapport of sorts, with the authors.

RIP Dennis

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Hats Off..!!! to your invention (C). The computing world wouldn't have been what it is today, without C. RIP Sir.
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RIP Sir. Your contribution to the world is unparalleled!
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May your soul rest in peace.

Your contributions will always be remembered and the legacy will move on. You have enabled others to make an impact. Thank you Sir.
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You have made millions of people, including me, make a livelihood with your invention sir. No matter how many more inventions in the computers have/will come around, you have laid a strong and timeless foundation for us all.
Thankyou sir.

Hats off to you and may your soul rest in peace :(
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RIP Dennis Ritchie. You gave us programming guys a wondrous world.

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This thread is full of amazing, sincere, warm tributes.

How many people, working with any technology, have this sort of feeling for its pioneers?

Somehow, Kerningham, Richie and colleagues seem to have touched people with their technology.
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I sincerely believe programmers who start with C will go on to become very good developers in other languages like C++ and even C#

Thanks a million - you have made us 'C' the world with your contributions, RIP Dennis Ritchie !
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