aspose file tools*
The moose likes Meaningless Drivel and the fly likes Dennis Ritchie of C and Unix has left us Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Other » Meaningless Drivel
Bookmark "Dennis Ritchie of C and Unix has left us" Watch "Dennis Ritchie of C and Unix has left us" New topic
Author

Dennis Ritchie of C and Unix has left us

Mark Reyes
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 09, 2007
Posts: 426
Found this article while googling on the net.

http://www.neowin.net/news/dennis-ritchie-creator-of-c-and-co-creator-of-unix-dies

On one occassion at a local public library, I still was able to see his book regarding
C Programming Language. Its a little old and pages were dilapidated but nevertheless
the insight is still there.

Not sure if this is true but it saddens me as another great mind past away.


Sean Clark ---> I love this place!!!
Me ------> I definitely love this place!!!
fred rosenberger
lowercase baba
Bartender

Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11314
    
  16

Mark Reyes wrote:On one occassion at a local public library, I still was able to see his book regarding
C Programming Language. Its a little old and pages were dilapidated but nevertheless
the insight is still there.

All i have to do is look up and I see a copy on my bookshelf with my scribbles in the margin.


There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 61220
    
  66

Is there any seasoned programmer who does not have a copy of Ritchie's book? RIP, Dennis.


[Asking smart questions] [Bear's FrontMan] [About Bear] [Books by Bear]
Wendy Gibbons
Bartender

Joined: Oct 21, 2008
Posts: 1107

it was the first programming book I got, and it was a present, I still remember the orange corner that huighlighted the printf formats
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 61220
    
  66

Apparently his passing has led to a run on his book at Amazon:

Jesper de Jong
Java Cowboy
Saloon Keeper

Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Posts: 14150
    
  18

He has had a profound influence on software development and computers that we still see every day.

Java and many other programming languages have been profoundly influenced by the C programming language and Unix-like operating systems are everywhere.

RIP Dennis Ritchie.


Java Beginners FAQ - JavaRanch SCJP FAQ - The Java Tutorial - Java SE 7 API documentation
Scala Notes - My blog about Scala
Mark Reyes
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 09, 2007
Posts: 426
Yeah, its true then...

He might not be around but his works will always stay....*not many* use C right now but some languages traces its root on C.

RIP Dennis!
Campbell Ritchie
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 38859
    
  23
Lots of people use C.
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
Marshal

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 61220
    
  66

Mark Reyes wrote:*not many* use C right now

You need to get out more. C is in very wide-spread use still. Very wide-spread.
Jesper de Jong
Java Cowboy
Saloon Keeper

Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Posts: 14150
    
  18

Mark Reyes wrote:... some languages traces its root on C.

C has had an enormous influence on many programming languages. Almost all really big programming languages, such as Objective-C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Scala, C#, PHP, Perl and many others all have their roots in C.

Likewise Unix that he was one of the co-inventors of: Unix-like operating systems are found today in many different devices, from mobile phones (Android) to laptops (Apple's OS X) to the biggest supercomputers. And a large part of the Internet runs on Linux, which was ofcourse also very much influenced by Unix.

So, his work is really everywhere.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 28, 2008
Posts: 5575

Jesper de Jong wrote:So, his work is really everywhere.

Mark Reyes
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 09, 2007
Posts: 426
You need to get out more. C is in very wide-spread use still. Very wide-spread.


Oopsie.... I mean in the current marketplace where I am in...

P.S
- should have explained why I place * in my statement....
Jan de Boer
Ranch Hand

Joined: Dec 10, 2010
Posts: 375
    
    1
Ah, I remember reading his C programming book as a student! Very good book.

C is still used a lot in low level programming. I am using it at the moment.

Condolences
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
subject: Dennis Ritchie of C and Unix has left us