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Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby Pontus » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:18 pm

Today I'm sorry to learn that DMR passed away this weekend. It's hard to overestimate his contributions.

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby miod » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:51 pm

Pontus wrote:Today I'm sorry to learn that DMR passed away this weekend. It's hard to overestimate his contributions.


Yet you can expect that, unlike Steve Jobs, he won't get an obituary in the media. :x
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby porter » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:26 am

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another legend passed away...

Unread postby yetanother**ixuser » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:56 am

dennis ritchie, a significant conrtibutor in unix/c is now history.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/13/dennis_ritchie/
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby R-ten-K » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:55 am

Truly sad news, my condolences to his family and loved ones.

Many of us wouldn't be here without his contributions.
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby urbancamo » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:32 pm

My first year at college we did VAX/VMS Pascal, and I just wanted to be with all the cool kids programming in 'C' on Unix.
I have a little more perspective now, but I had a lot of fun time writing C, and as a systems programming language, if you exercise a little restraint, it rocks...

Dennis created something very special...

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby kshuff » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:12 pm

urbancamo wrote:Dennis created something very special...

RIP

Mark.


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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby SAQ » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:37 pm

miod wrote:
Pontus wrote:Today I'm sorry to learn that DMR passed away this weekend. It's hard to overestimate his contributions.


Yet you can expect that, unlike Steve Jobs, he won't get an obituary in the media. :x


Of course not. Olsen didn't, and the Woz probably won't . Steve was all about marketing.

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby melchez » Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:10 am

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby kramlq » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:13 am

If you consider the percentage of systems and devices out there that are either:
- Running an OS with heritage that goes back to the original UNIX
- Running an OS that is an independent reimplementation of the UNIX design
- Running some software written in C
he clearly had a far greater impact on modern computing than Jobs and most others.

So far, the only reference in mainstream media I've seen is the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15287391

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby Oskar45 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:05 am

Don't want to play down DMR in any way - quite to the contrary, without him there wouldn't probably even be Nekochan today. I bow to him for his co-development of Unix. However, regarding his C - sternly opposed to Backus, he did not liberate us from the von Neumann style of programming at all but actually drew us only deeper into that malstrom. Of course, thanks to him, nowadays about 90% or so of source code you can get is in C/C++. But that was never the right thing at all...
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby R-ten-K » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:46 pm

That is a bit of a chicken an egg problem, no? C was fundamental to the development of Unix. You could not have one without the other.

The whole "doing the right thing" is a highly subjective qualitative estimation, which can lead to catastrophic results sometimes. The motivation for C was a study in tradeoffs between portability/performance/expressivity for a systems language, to be used to design and implement a portable/multiuser operating system. What eventually became Unix.


It is kind of unfair to piggyback the "liberation from Von Neumann architectures" as a responsibility under the context C was developed and intended for, specially since Backus was as responsible (if not more) for their entrenchment.


Not saying that C or Unix are perfect. But I think your critique was a bit unfair.
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby PymbleSoftware » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:37 pm

R-ten-K wrote:That is a bit of a chicken an egg problem, no? C was fundamental to the development of Unix. You could not have one without the other.


From what I have read recently. UNIX was implemented first in B or BCPL or some language like that around 1968/1969 and then rewritten in C and assembler and released in 1971.

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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby pentium » Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:06 pm

Wow, I didn't C this happening so soon.
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Re: Dennis Ritchie has passed away

Unread postby porter » Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:13 pm

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