It’s been 5 days since Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie died and I feel appalled that no one has been posted a tribute in his name. I’m not actually a person who mourns at someone’s death, not even when Steve Job’s death makes different to my life. Yes, I know he is a great businessman and he is brilliant in the gadget he invented (or adapts from someone’s else idea) and I totally have no problem having people mourn his death as a loss of a great human being.
However, how’s the justice made for this splendid guy? If you haven’t heard his name, then you are missing a great man who created the C programming language and one of the co-creator of UNIX operating system. Dennis Ritchie has helped shape the digital era. The C programming language is widely used in the operating system, embedded system, and influence the modern programming language. Without him, Windows, Macintosh, or even Linux won’t even exist in the first place.
Forgive me for sounding sarcastic, but I think it is very hypocritical to honour a talented businessman but not honour this man for his influence in Computer Science. And you know me, I don’t adapt well with hypocrisy. So, let me be the one who balance this blog content by honouring Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie death for his legacy in shaping up our computer technology advancement. May his contribution to the world not forgotten by the people who use computers and technology for granted.
And as an end note, printf(“Goodbye World!”);