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Dennis Ritchie: Here’s To You

One of modern computing’s most important founders has died.

Dennis Ritchiepassed away on the 8th of October aged 70. Ritchewas instrumental in the creation of both the Unix operating system and theC programming language.

The importance of the Unix operating system inparticularis lost on many of us but its influence has been profound: Without Unix there would have been no Linux; the open-source movement from which most of us benefit today was borne from its creation; and the worlds second most popular home operating system Mac OS X is Unix-based.

It’s anunderstatementto say that most of the technology we use today was borne from the tools he helped to create, shape and build: he helped to craft the world we live in.

So here’s to you Dennis Ritchie: we stand upon your shoulders.