Alessandro Lacava

on Designing and Developing Software. In love with Functional Programming.

Goodbye Dennis Ritchie (Dmr)

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (username: dmr, September 9, 1941 — October 8, 2011) This post is dedicated to a man that gave a lot to the computer science world, Dennis Ritchie (a.k.a. dmr). He is the creator of the C programming language and the key developer of the Unix operating system.

The C programming language is the book he wrote along with Brian Kernighan. In my humble opinion, it is one of the best book ever written about computer programming.

Without further ado, I just want to say goodbye to one of the people I respect most when it comes to computer science. I have to thank Mr. Ritchie if I can read declarations such as (The C programming Language, chapter 5):

char (*(*x())[])()

x is a function returning a pointer to an array of pointers to functions returning char. :-) I think he would have said goodbye this way:

printf("goodbye, world\n");

R.I.P. Dennis Ritchie.