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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the code-in-peace dept.

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WankerWeasel writes "The sad news of the death of another tech great has come. Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, has passed away. For those of us running Mac OS X, iOS, Android and many other non-Windows OS, we have him to thank. Many of those running Windows do too, as many of the applications you're using were written in C."

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dmr (5, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#37699942)

Mourn for his passing, but celebrate his life. He didn't just change the world, he make world.

Re:dmr (3, Funny)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 2 years ago | (#37699984)

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party.

Re:dmr (5, Funny)

ericvids (227598) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700026)

He didn't just change the world, he make world.

I thought he just said hello to it... :)

RIP

Re:dmr (4, Funny)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700272)

I C what you did there.

Re:dmr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700068)

Yeah, but please don't delay any technological advances on his account...

Goodbye (4)

menkhaura (103150) | more than 2 years ago | (#37699966)

Just a couple of words: Thank You.

Re:Goodbye (3, Informative)

smash (1351) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700104)

As stated above. Without C, we wouldn't have Unix (which he also co-developed), Windows, OS X (and thus the i-devices) or most of the other modern operating systems. His contributions will live on.

Re:Goodbye (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700252)

Look, dmr did have a huge impact on the current state of affairs within the computing industry, and far beyond. But let's not pretend that things wouldn't have developed otherwise. The direction and outcome may have been very different, of course, but progress would have continued.

If C hadn't arisen, we'd likely be using a language derived from PL/I or Pascal, both of which were C's main competitors in the 1970s. Hell, in an alternate world, maybe even Smalltalk would have taken off, had C not been so popular. Computing today would be very different than it is now had that happened. Given the very nature of Smalltalk, it may in fact have been far more open, without the need for the FSF and similar organizations and efforts.

If UNIX hadn't arisen, we may very well be using a system that was based off of TOPS-20 or VMS instead. Those were essentially killed off by UNIX for most lower-end uses throughout the 1970s and 1980s. That wouldn't necessarily have been a bad thing. VMS offered some unique concepts and abilities that UNIX-like systems have only gained recently. It also offered far more flexibility when it came to userland programming languages, with interoperability between languages as diverse as ALGOL, BASIC, FORTRAN, PL/I, and COBOL being almost seamless.

Dmr made some remarkable contributions, no doubt, but there were many, many factors at play that resulted in his creations and discoveries becoming what they are today.

Re:Goodbye (1)

Stumbles (602007) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700330)

it may in fact have been far more open, without the need for the FSF and similar organizations and efforts.

That's very unlikely since the FSF deals with licensing not the actual code.

Re:Goodbye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700268)

That is a ridiculous statement? Of course, without C, there would be no Computer Science and Programming Industry!!! No one would write operating systems or pick languages for them! Way to go.
Or actually, maybe, we wouldn't have software that's as unreliable, but we would have something much better, like OBERON. Something like C is inevitable, just like Perl. Doesn't make C or Perl any less of a hack. Operating systems and the rest of software would be way more reliable and secure with better and more thought out languages like Modula or Python.

Re:Goodbye (1, Insightful)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700314)

Ritchie arguably contributed hugely to the computing industry, and his achievements should certainly be celebrated and he should be remembered.

But ... comments like yours seriously piss me off - do you really think that if Ritchie hadn't created C, that no one else would have? That today we would still be using pre-C languages, constructs and ideas? That the world would have stagnated? That there would be no modern equivalents of Windows, OSX, Unix etc etc?

Someone would have done it, sooner or later. Someone would have come up with the idea of a higher level, easier to use and more agile language, and the world would have moved on.

I'm not trying to detract from Ritchies achievements, because he was the one that came up with that idea, and moved the world on - however, don't think that he was the only chance for that advancement...

Re:Goodbye (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700304)

Seconded! RIP

stdout (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37699972)

goodbye world

Facebook (2)

David89 (2022710) | more than 2 years ago | (#37699980)

I wish Facebook would get filled with everybody's remarks the same way it filled for Jobs. This

He was an atheist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37699982)

and all atheists die. Same as the Steve.

Re:He was an atheist (1)

hkroger (666340) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700064)

and all atheists die. Same as the Steve.

So does everyone else. It's not a privilege of atheists.

Not just the apps (4, Insightful)

drsmithy (35869) | more than 2 years ago | (#37699990)

Most of Windows is written in C.

Re:Not just the apps (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700020)

Actually, most of windows is written in shit

Re:Not just the apps (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700160)

Actually, most of windows is written in shit

Thanks for your thoughtful and appropriate comment on the death of a computer great.

Re:Not just the apps (5, Insightful)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700070)

Most of everything computer-related owes something to C.
Without his work, the whole world would not be the same.

Thank you Dennis.

Re:Not just the apps (-1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700352)

Yes... Probably a bit more secure too...
I am not trying to be negative but to keep things in perspective. C is an OK language and it is good for high performance apps. But in my opinion it was too over used. There were other languages out there if used to create a lot of these systems there would be less crashes, and security problems. C took performance gain by being very low level of a language, this is all well and good. However Because its fame for speed developers who try to use the "Best" to do their work choose C. Not realizing its low level leads to more development time on the average, and also more often then not shortcuts in development that leads to crashes and security holes.

C doesn't have a native string class. Most of the work we do as developers is string manipulation. Having strings as a char pointer becomes very risky, and pointers them self are risky too. Now these risks are great when you need to do real performance tuning. But for most apps the difference between a C program and program written in a higher level language may be 1 second per million calculations, sure they add up when you get billions of calculation but for most uses doing hundreds or thousands of calculations before stopping and waiting at the prompt, isn't really worth it. Most developers are either not trained well enough, or their work environment doesn't make it ideal for C coding. So they will often use C because it is supposed to be the fastest language. Then do things like Bubble Sorts and linear searches on their data because it is easier to code, which negates the speed of the app. And not being carefull could leave a memory leak, open to a buffer overflow or crash the program (or the computer on older OS's)
   

Re:Not just the apps (-1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700096)

Most of it is written in C++. A lot of it is written in the C-like subset of C++, but it is not C.

Re:Not just the apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700210)

And without C, there'd be no C++.

Re:Not just the apps (5, Funny)

jejones (115979) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700298)

Yes, but you can't blame dmr for that.

Re:Not just the apps (3, Interesting)

drsmithy (35869) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700214)

Most of it is written in C++. A lot of it is written in the C-like subset of C++, but it is not C.

Not according to Windows Internals, Fifth Edition.

Re:Not just the apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700262)

C is actually a subset of c++ as in all c programs will compile with a c++ compiler but C++ will not compile in a c compiler. Why am I such a geek?

Thank you (4, Insightful)

deconvolution (715827) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700000)

I am NOT glad he's dead, I am also NOT glad he's gone.

RIP (1)

Dan Dankleton (1898312) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700002)

It's sad that it's taken so long for this to hit the frontpage. His effect on the whole ecosystem of computing is huge and will last for decades. RIP

Thank you for everything (1)

HopefulIntern (1759406) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700004)

A lot of us will be thanking him for his fundamental contributions to computing.
I would hope that, were Jobs still alive, he would thank Dennis for OSX.

Re:Thank you for everything (1)

Servaas (1050156) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700204)

Much like how I thank a certain Neanderthal-er for everything I accomplished these last 30 years.

And no patents (5, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700012)

Dennis Ritchie had an impact on the technology world FAR beyond what Jobs and Apple could ever dream of. Do you have any idea how many billions of lines of C code are running in the world, or how many hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Unix-derived systems are running? Linux, OS/X, AIX, Solaris, HP/UX -- they all owe their origins to this man. Rest in peace, sir.

Had he been a patent hound, he'd have died a rich man.

Re:And no patents (-1, Troll)

Inda (580031) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700120)

"he'd have died a rich man"

I'm trying to get my head around this. It sounds like praise, but I hear nothing good.

Is dying as a wealthy man an acheivement?

From what I've just read about the man, it seems like he lived a rich life - so who cares about wealth when you're gone?

Re:And no patents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700278)

It sounds like praise, but I hear nothing good. Is dying as a wealthy man an acheivement?

Read parent post again -- he's praising Ritchie for giving his valuable work away instead of accumulating riches for himself. You're purposely adding nonsense.

Re:And no patents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700126)

(sigh) BSD misses the cut again, does it?

Re:And no patents (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700294)

Sorry, but I haven't run into a BSD system since the late '80s, so I forgot about it.

Re:And no patents (2, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700142)

Had he been a patent hound, he'd have died a rich man.

I doubt it. Most of what he created was part of the 'worse is better' philosophy. Given the choice between C and Algol, most people would have picked Algol in the '80s, but C compilers were cheaper (or free), so they went with C. The same with UNIX. There were much better operating systems around, but they were either expensive, required expensive hardware or, in many cases, both. C and UNIX were both good enough and free. That usually beats really good and expensive. If they'd tried to make a large profit from either, they'd have failed. In fact, the BSD lawsuit (AT&T vs UCB) came close to killing UNIX.

Re:And no patents (1)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700174)

Exactly my sentiment. Perhaps a few hundred million people might own iThings, but just about everyone on the planet either directly interacts with, or is at least affected by, applications written in C and/or running on UNIX every single day of their lives, even if they might not realise it. Steve Jobs' passing went straight onto the breaking news tickers of the mainstream media, but so far dmr does not even appear to have a single byline - there's something telling about what's wrong with this world, right there.

I guess he just made the ultimate entry in the Obfuscated C content. So long, dmr, and thanks for everything. :(

Re:And no patents (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700206)

Piping alone would've been enough to make him a legend. I literally only got started on Unix-derived systems half a decade ago, and discovering output redirection was like happening upon Shakespeare. I tinkered with it for a little while to solve some problems and it hit me like a thunderbolt that this is exactly what computers were created for, and here I am, a computationally naive scientist, making this machine dance with these beautiful little commands.

Re:And no patents (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700338)

Had he been a patent hound, he'd have died a rich man.

I know that this sounds cheesy, but if you go by the sentiments of Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life", he was a rich man.

Thanx Dennis and godspeed.

myke

rip (1)

zbrewski (1458389) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700014)

RIP Mr. Ritchie. You (and Mr. K) will live forever through the simplicity and geniality of the mighty tools you created. Thank you.

RIP (5, Funny)

neo12 (1892318) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700018)

main()
{
    printf("Goodbye, World");
}

-RIP dmr

Re:RIP (1)

eexaa (1252378) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700072)

+1 with no mod points.

Re:RIP (1)

AikonMGB (1013995) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700114)

main() { printf("Goodbye, World"); }

-RIP dmr

Win.

Re:RIP (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700182)

Warning: no return type specified for function "main".

Re:RIP (2)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700248)

It's K&R, not ANSI.

Re:RIP (1)

David89 (2022710) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700276)

without forgetting the warning: incompatible implicit declaration of built-in function ‘printf’

Re:RIP (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700170)

In this case /. needs a +1 poignant

Re:RIP (2)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700290)

Don't forget the linebreak.

I always forget the linebreak.

I have nothing intelligent to post (5, Insightful)

Windwraith (932426) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700030)

...but this is just sad. This guy did stuff I care about.
Godspeed.

Re:I have nothing intelligent to post (2)

5hoom (937675) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700166)

Totally. The 'nixes & C are incredibly huge contributions to our technology filled world. This guy gave us so much of what we take for granted every day. Rest in peace.

again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700036)

I remember years ago (ok, quite a few) a usenet discussion where someone had mentioned that Ritchie was dead, only to have him reply a few posts latter to assure us that he was still around.

"another tech great"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700038)

It was "the" tech great. By singling out "Mac OS X, iOS, Android and many other non-Windows OS", WankerWeasel shows he does not realize exactly how big an impact Dennis Ritchie had. The "other famous one" that died recently was a nobody compared to dmr.

Re:"another tech great"? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700300)

The "other famous one" that died recently

You mean the-one-we-must-not-name-lest-he-comes-back ?

The Rule of Threes (1)

vasp (978274) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700046)

Well, that's two down in the IT-celebrity world. Who will be next?

Re:The Rule of Threes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700184)

Robert Galvin, long-time CEO of Motorola, dies Reuters - 14 hrs ago

(Reuters) - Robert Galvin, 89 -- a long-time chief executive of Motorola, the telecommunications company that created the first cellphone -- has died. More

Cgenius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700052)

I'm sure Discovery channel will do a documentary about him too. After all, he was infinitely more significant than than Jobs.

Less than 10 comments for Ritchie? (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700056)

Is this world full of morons?

One of the fathers of the modern computing operating sistem, co-creator of C and UNIX, and less than 10 comments?

People is sick.

Re:Less than 10 comments for Ritchie? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700144)

That he died is something serious, not a popularity contest party like was Jobs death. All the ones that claim to be giants now (dead or alive), are mostly dwarfs standing over Ritchie's shoulders.

Re:Less than 10 comments for Ritchie? (1)

inflex (123318) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700198)

Well, I facebook'd it - and to this day I still write a lot of C code, for open-source, commercial and even embedded systems now. It's been over 20 years and I'm still finding it a useful tool a lot of the time.

printf("Goodbye world\n"); (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700060)

:'(

Ofcourse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700074)

Sadly this wont get half the attention that Steve Jobs dying got.

Shaped many of our careers... (5, Insightful)

jregel (39009) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700082)

It's no exaggeration that without Dennis Ritchie's contributions, many of us would have very different careers. I've been fortunate to spend the first 12 years of my IT career working on multiple Unix and Linux systems, and although I'm not much of a coder, I've compiled a fair amount of C and recognise that if it hadn't been invented, neither would C++ or C#, which constitutes a lot of the code in use today.

Without Unix, what would the Internet been built on? Perhaps something like VMS? Would tools like Sendmail or BIND been developed in those environments? The influence of Unix can be seen everywhere in IT.

Actually, without Unix, we wouldn't have had NeXTstep, which became MacOS X, which became iOS. We wouldn't have had Minix or Linux, so no Android. So the mobile landscape would have been different as well.

I don't think it's too much of an exaggeration to say that Dennis Ritchie's legacy is the IT industry we have today. Most of us stand on this giant's shoulders.

RIP Dennis Ritchie.

Sad day (1)

t27duck (2310746) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700086)

RIP

#include
int main()
{
        printf("Goodbye, world!\n");
        return 0;
}

Who is next? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700088)

Recently it was Steve Jobs and now Dennis Ritchie. Who is gonna be next? Who do we want to be next?

C is detrimental to progress (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700098)

It's syntax is awful. It's practically lacking any compile time sanity checking. And it was used to produce C++ and a plethora of buggy systems that will haunt humanity and a laughing stock of computer "science" for the rest of times, as long as C family exists. I wish the 'hacker culture' did not try to re-invent the wheel and tried following someone who actually knows what he's doing, like Niklaus Wirth.

Syntax and grammar (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700236)

It's syntax is awful.

Speaking of which... That should be "Its syntax is awful.". Its = belonging to it. It's = it is.

RIP Dennis, all our cool stuff was based on yours (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700100)

...said Steve Jobs

Dennis's new test line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700102)

printf("Hello, afterworld!\n");

He isn't dead (0)

Amiralul (1164423) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700108)

Dennis Ritchie didn't die, he just GOSUB without RETURN.

Re:He isn't dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700226)

Dude, GOSUB? From Basic? To the creator of C? Seriously???

How about exit(1); ??

"another great tech" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700112)

What other "great tech" died recently?

So long and thanks for all the csh :-( (1)

sczimme (603413) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700124)


It's a little unnerving to think about how long Unix has been part of my career. Thanks, dmr.

Rest in Peace (2)

forgot_my_username (1553781) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700130)

I never met the man, but he was central to my love of computers.


printf("Hello, Heaven");

To me this is for more significant than the passing of Mr. Jobs.

Re:Rest in Peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700344)

To me this is for more significant than the passing of Mr. Jobs.

I would think it is this way for most of us. The problem is that we'll just get a foot note on nerd blogs, while people bawl their eyes out over the borderline sociopath who was Jobs.

Thank you (1)

ncmathsadist (842396) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700132)

The elegance and minimality of the C language is a testament to the genius of its creators. Dennis Ritchie played a key role in the development of C and of UNIX. To him, I say, "thank you" for his roles in these great achievements. My sympathies to his family and his friends.

Saddest news of the year (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700136)

Apart from personal loss.

His contributions to computing have been effecting us all for nigh on 40 years and that effect has been overwhelmingly beneficial. It's extremely likely (barring anything bad happening in 2038) that we will all continue to reap the benefit of DMR's existence for many decades to come.

Goodbye (1)

Goglu (774689) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700138)

Goodbye world

His contribution goes way beyond the ones of a recently celebrated "genius". I could make a list of what C gave us today, but I'd have to start it at 0.

Thank you Dennis Ritchie (1)

vxone (668809) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700140)

In virtually everything we do today we owe to Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C.

Thank you (1)

Wattos (2268108) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700150)

Thank you Dennis Ritchie.
Thank you for making the world a better place.

Goodby and thank you, sir (2)

Uthic (931553) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700152)

Always had a great respect for him for making C and UNIX. I guess it's early in the day, but way less comments than I was expecting for news like this.

A tribute in triangles (from 2008) (1)

maccallr (240314) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700154)

Dennis Ritchie [contextfreeart.org]

RIP Dennis (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700156)

I still have a copy of K & R on my bookshelf. His contributions to the field of computer science were wonderful. IMHO, C should be the entry point for anyone considering pursuing a life in computer programming.

time() ran out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700158)

It looks like his time() ran out too soon.

Hi didn't pass away (1)

BoxRec (532280) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700168)

he died, and I think the logical and precise man he was he would be annoyed at the use of such a weedy euphemism

I guess all our strings eventually end in null (1)

RobWalker (623706) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700178)

RIP. You had an early and profound influence on my career.

RIP Dennis Ritchie (1)

TheMMaster (527904) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700220)

May you be remembered and celebrated for all that you brought to computing. I hope your name will not be forgotten from history. The fact that your death is announced as 'another great one' in the same breath as... someone else makes me scared for your rightful place in it.

I am truly sad that you are gone.

Another hero gone... (1)

Hexadecimal Kid (989397) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700228)

Not just a hero, but an entertainer, a man of genius, who by all accounts I've read, was humble and approachable. I wish him well in the ever after, and my condolences to his loved ones. Sorely missed, and fondly remembered, and inspiration to us all.

A globally recognized contribution (1)

Zilog (932422) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700234)

The talent of this man has a major part in what has made our world today.

His contribution was essential and it is perceptible throughout the world today.

He deserves all the honors, if not more, than a talented salesman gadget.

Paix à ta mémoire, l'ami. Ce soir j'arroserai dignement ton départ.

obligatory quote (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700238)

Without C we would be programming in BASI, OBOL, and PASAL

RIP dmr

Obligatory (1)

UniversZero (268083) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700242)

:/
Did he shoot himself in the foot?

I've been getting ready for this (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700250)

Have you realized that the first generation of hackers is starting to reach that age?

It's a huge loss for the world. Ritchie was a genius, a great man, and he helped change the world forever in the right direction.

C and Unix changed the entire world. The popularization of computing, moving it away from the universities and into the private space of companies and homes started with C and Unix. It revolutionized Operating System and software design in general completely, indirectly giving birth to just about every technology on your computer right now.

A brilliant man, a fellow Hacker and Atheist has died today. He will be missed.

He will always be close to us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700254)

He is not gone, he will always live through our C code and will be remembered by those who read the K&R, the absolute best programming book there is and will be.
Dennis Ritchie, thank you for your dedication and hard work.
RIP

Goodbye Ritchie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700274)

Dad died today of an information technology and the IT world, who together with Thomposo, Kernighan, Stallman created the digital world in which we now viviamo.Grazie Dennis Ritchie, inventor of the C language (all operating systems are based on ed that language), you have given so much to all of us in the IT industry and beyond. A big THANK YOU for your genius.

Steve Jobs get to the Pearly Gates... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700292)

....and there's a big banquet laid out.
There's balloons, champagne, and somewhere in the background John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and other entertainment greats are warming up, ready to perform.
Looks like one hell of a party.

Steve Jobs looks at St.Peter.
"All of this. For me?" says Steve.
Before St.Peter can answer, Steve is off telling everyone how to lay out the plates, criticising the choice of champagne,. shouting at the servants etc.

Then he goes up to John Lennon.
"Hey John", says Steve, "Really sorry to hear about that deal in the park, but for fukcs sake dont play any of that Yellow Submarine shit".

John Lennon looks at Steve Jobs and says, in his finest Liverpool accent.
"A'right la. Anytin fer you Dennis mate".
Steve look at John and says:
"Hang on, dont you know who I am?"
John Lennon says: "Yeah mate, you're Dennis Ritchie arent yer?".
Steve Jobs' head nearly comes off:"What the fukc do you mean Dennis Ritchie? I'm Steve Jobs you fukcing halfwit".

John Lennon looks at him for a minute and turns round to Elvis Presley and says:
"ey Elvis, der jugglers 'ere burra tink 'es fergorris gear".

tadaaaaa

thank you thank you thank you
im here all week
try the veal

godspeed, dennis ritchie.

Can only define once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700306)

Unfortunately for the planet, we could only define him once. RIP.

Another Great Loss (0)

mholve (1101) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700332)

exit(0);

RIP, DMR.

chapter 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700334)

Let's not forget the style of writing of the K&R C programming language book and how chapter 1, with its quick applied introduction, defined the standard for all good technical books going forward.

Tribute! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37700340)

He is the giant on whom's shoulders steve stood on.

The old testament (1)

bytesex (112972) | more than 2 years ago | (#37700350)

Ha ! The value of *my* copy of 'C' can only go up !

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