By creating C, Ritchie gave birth to the concept of open systems. C was developed so they could port Unix to any computer, and so that programs written on one platform (and the skills used to develop them) could be easily transferred to another.
In that way, Ritchie has shaped our world in much more fundamental ways than Steve Jobs or Bill Gates have. What sets him apart from them is that he did it all not in a quest for wealth or fame, but just out of intellectual curiosity. Unix and C were the product of pure research—research that started as a side-project using equipment bought based on a promise that Ritchie and Thompson would develop a word processor. —Wired BY ARS TECHNICA
#include <stdio.h> */pjscott */
printf("goodbye, worldn"); return 1;
[pullquote]He separated the earth from the water and the darkness from the light.[/pullquote]
Dennis Ritchie (DMR) is our God. He separated the earth from the water and the darkness from the light. With Kernighan and Thompson, Ritchie provides the shoulders upon which Linus Torvalds stands and upon which Steve Jobs had put some nice looking machinery. –Legacy.com | ottokring