Dennis Ritchie RIP

Dennis Ritchie passed away this week. In case you were unaware, he was the creator of the C programming language. He also was one of the creators of the UNIX operating system. Damn. That is some resume. Dennis was one of those early pioneers of computer science in the 1970s whose work affects a lot of us coders.

Have you ever heard of the K&R book of C programming? The R stands for Ritchie. Yep. He invented the language and wrote the seminal work on it. I measure all programming books against the K&R book. The rest usually do not even compare. How can you get so much info in such a small book? Elegance.

Hats off to you Dennis. Rest in peace.