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RIP Dennis Ritche - Father of C Programming Language

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  1. Yonkers

    Yonkers Contributing Member

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    I'm not a programmer though I learned some going through college. But I know how important the C programming language was to everything back then and still now.
    Two IT giants dying in a week.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/tech/innovation/dennis-ritchie-obit-bell-labs/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6

     
  2. Prince

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    RIP master Ritchie. I still have my book on C...
     
  3. tallanvor

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    C and Java are the most popular languages around today.

    http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

    C is at the weird level between assembly language and high-order languages that no other programming language has been able to duplicate and be successful at. That being said; I hate programming in C. Give me some other language that completely abuses my infinite supply of memory.
     
  4. ICanDunkOnYao

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    I find it surprising C is still more popular than C++ or C#. Why use a lower-level language?
     
  5. durvasa

    durvasa Contributing Member

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    Performance.
     
  6. Air Langhi

    Air Langhi Contributing Member

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    This isn't really true anymore except for certain cases like device drivers or games. JIT compilers can do certain optimization that you can't do with pointers. Even with C++ IF you don't use the polymorphism and exceptions and stuff like that you can make C and other languages pretty similar speed.

    This guy deserves crazy amount of props as Java, c++, c#, javascript,perl etc. took their cues from C.
     
  7. Jontro

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    All I know is that I got a D in C++ back in high school.

    But I can type fast!
     
  8. Coach AI

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    RIP Dennis. I learned early on that programming wasn't my thing, much respect to someone like Ritche for what he was capable of.
     
  9. durvasa

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    You can make C++ have nearly the same performance as C (trivially, by simply writing C code and using a C++ compiler, or by careful selection of the "C++" features).

    Here's an interesting page comparing the performance of writing a selection of benchmarks using different languages.

    http://shootout.alioth.debian.org/
     
  10. rocketsbay

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    RIP Dennis Ritchie, thanks for C and Unix! Too bad most people don't know how influential his work was.
     
  11. Xerobull

    Xerobull You son of a b!tch! I'm in!
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    Brilliant man. RIP
     
  12. freemaniam

    freemaniam 我是自由人

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    Rest in peace Mr. Ritchie.
     
  13. Steve_Francis_rules

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    I'm sad to see him go. I love C.

    RIP. :(
     

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