Where would we be without Dennis Ritchie?


Most have probably seen this already since it happend a few days ago, but Dennis Ritchie died. It just blows my mind how influential his work was — developing the C language, Unix — and how so many pieces of technology bear his fingerprints. 

My first encounter with K&R was in college when I learned C programming in the “Data Structures and Programming Techniques” class at Yale (taught by Stan “the man” Eisenstadt). Looking back, his book seems fairly easy to read and understand, but I must have cursed that book a million times when I took that course!