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Stephen Wilson swilson at lockstep.com.au
Fri Oct 14 11:58:01 AEDT 2011

Or you could look at his work as mere repackaging and marketing.

Ritchie wrote a nice low level procedural language that couldn't do much 
more than FORTRAN, except it had  pointers to allow undergrads to write 
self-modifying code, accidentally or on purpose.  In any event, there's 
been nothing really new in software since the Universal Turing Machine.

And he gave us an operating system where rm *.* by default is 
catastrophic.  Yet some complain about Microsoft products for not being 
safe out-of-the-box. Sheez!

And Ritchie even had the temerity to write a programming text book about 
his own language -- the ultimate marketing stunt!



On 14/10/2011 8:33 AM, Pilcher, Fred wrote:
> Alan wrote:
>> 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.
> If you want to talk about someone who really *was* an innovator, look no further.
> Fred

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