[LINK] dmr() { exit(0); }

Alan Hargreaves Alan.Hargreaves at Oracle.COM
Thu Oct 13 16:33:50 AEDT 2011


By Xeni Jardin at 7:19 pm Wednesday, Oct 12

Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home 
this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. 
No further details are available at the time of this blog post.

Wikipedia biography here.

He was the co-inventor of the C programming language, and a central 
figure in the development of Unix. He spent much of his career at Bell 
Labs. He was awarded the Turing Award in 1983, and the National Medal of 
Technology in 1999.

"Ritchie's influence rivals Jobs's; it's just less visible," James 
Grimmelman observed on Twitter. "His pointer has been cast to void *; 
his process has terminated with exit code 0."

The news of Ritchie's death was first made public by way of Rob Pike's 

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