Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another Legend Falls

RIP Dennis Ritchie.

As Brian Kernighan, a colleague at Bell Labs, wrote, "The tools that Dennis built — and their direct descendants — run pretty much everything today,"

As a "tribute", I tried to collect some of his quotes from the Internet (Disclaimer: I have not assessed their veracity)
A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do.

I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate.

UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.

The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.

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