Today, I came across messages about Dennis Ritchie's death on Facebook and thought it was a rumor, especially since they were floating around so soon after the passing of Steve Jobs.
However, this was confirmed in the mainstream news as true.
Twitter is now flooding with tributes to the man who invented the C language and contributed in the creation of the Unix operating system.
He was more well-known to the computer geeks than the masses.
Recognized by his colleagues a humble man and an inspiration, Mr Ritchie’s influence is felt around the computing world. His classical The C Programming Language (TCPL) co-authored with Brian Kernighan is one of the first books studied by millions and millions of budding programmers. I too learnt programming by starting out with the C language.
Mr Ritchie is likely to be remembered in computing history as a giant who effected one of the biggest turning points in the modern world.
Bill Clinton awarded this pioneer the US National Medal of Technology for his contribution, but Mr Ritchie’s humility meant that he’d choose to stay out of public attention.
Programming principles taught by Dennis Ritchie are today etched in the minds of established programmers around the world, and form the basis of every software project, from the most basic applications to the highly complex operating systems.
Here’s a small selection of tweets commemorating the man:
“....Dennis Ritchie: The shoulders Jobs stood on (from @cnn).”
“...Steve Jobs created a multi-billion dollar company... Dennis Ritchie generated a multi-trillion dollar industry... ..”
“printf ("Goodbye Dennis M. Ritchie\n");”
What was your reaction to the passing of Dennis Ritchie?