We will miss Dennis Ritchie, the father of C programming and co-founder of UNIX, who passed away over the weekend of October 8. There will be many tributes in the global IT community to the man who, with Ken Thompson, received the Turing Award in 1983 for his development of generic operating systems theory (and the implementation of UNIX, of course), so we'd like to leave you a few examples of his wit and insight in the form of quotations.
For the people who send me mail about a new language that they're designing, the general advice is: do it to learn about how to write a compiler.
For infrastructure technology, C will be hard to displace.
Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson.
UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.
Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson receiving the National Medal of Technology in 1998