[nycbug-talk] Dennis Ritchie has passed

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 10:13:15 EDT 2011

I was traveling to San Fran for a conference a few months back. At the time
I was on a language kick and had purchased books on objective-c, clojure,
lisp as well as the 2nd Edition Ritchie book because my c is getting rusty.
Because I had 5 ounces too much shampoo I had a bag screening. The TSA guy
opened my bag saw the Ritchie book and said "That is a classic." We talked
for a while, his story was he had gotten out of the field during the
dot.combust. In today's world writing an "evergreen" book about
technology is a
difficult task. I really loved the section on malloc, "C Programming
Language" book is something everyone should own. Sad to hear the news.

On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM, Andy Kosela <akosela at andykosela.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:23 AM, Steven Kreuzer <skreuzer at exit2shell.com>
> wrote:
> > >From Rob Pike:
> https://plus.google.com/u/0/101960720994009339267/posts/ENuEDDYfvKP?hl=en
> >
> > "C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success."
> > - Dennis Ritchie, on The Development of the C Language
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FjX7r5icV8
> I consider him as one of the greatest minds of our time and still love
> to read his "C Programming Language" book.  His legacy will live for
> long -- I hope it will surpass our lives too.  The beauty and
> simplicity of the original UNIX was a great phenomenon.
> --Andy
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