Sounds like something when coming out of the closet (no, I am not gay!) Those words, if heard by all my friends and family would no doubt bring about a collective gasp of shock and terror. It would be as if I had just announced I was secretly a women stripper or I loved wearing dead fish as a fashion statement or even worse – that I am a luddite!
Yes I know I haven’t blogged in a while but things have been very busy since I came back from Sri Lanka and I’ve been trying up to finish my personal projects along with scanning film. So let’s begin each item.
Dennis M. Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – October 12, 2011)
Another great engineer of the computing world has once again passed away. This time it’s Dennis M. Ritchie whose work have enabled the possible creation of today’s modern software and in fact can be considered the Homo Saipiens aka modern man of computer languages but let’s not forget this other work namely Unix. The grandfather of all Linux operating system flavor that which we all depend on today to run all the massive servers that keep modern society going.
Sadly I only found out about his death just this morning but he had already passed away on the 12th. I guess his death didn’t warrant the same media attention as Steve jobs. But any programmer worth his weight in salt would definitely know who Dennis M. Ritchie is and how his work had paved the way for the modern software world.
I fondly remember how I studied c programming back when I was in secondary school and how i desperately searched for any book on programming languages, I only found bits and pieces because Labuan was a rathole where books on anything technological was as rare as pure gold. So I only managed to find it after reaching university and even though I was very familiar with c programming at that point but I still found it a wonderful book to read as it shows how elegant the c language was and how it truly put the power of the computer at the hands of the software developer without using mnemonic as it were with assembly language. Now this was a great man whose work had greatly enriched my life…..
You will greatly be missed though your passing has been a quiet event but know this, many of your life works are the foundation of today’s modern software.
Rest in peace oh great sage. Most people would remember as the man who herald a new age of computing, as the man who gave what the people wanted, the man who set a new standard for others to follow but I remember him as the man who after being usurped from his seat of great authority returned to his kingdom and struck those who had done him great wrong and begun building a great empire.
It is sad that you have left us but know this, you have made your mark on this age and I hope your legacy will live on. You left us too soon but a last, even great men must have their rest. So rest in peace oh great sage.