Back in the early 90s, when, after ten years of messing around with home computers, i took a course in programming, Brian W. Kernighan & Dennis M. Ritchie’s book ‘The C Programming Language‘ was one of my text books. At that point it was probably about the same age as my involvement with computers.
Much of the next decade was spent in the world of C, it became the first computer language in which i could adequately express myself, and the first that earned me a living.
C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.
Today, some twenty years later, it has been announced that Dennis Ritchie has died.
I’ll be honest, and tell you that my earlier post about Steve Jobs now feels a little empty.