Steve Jobs Dies vs Dennis Ritchie Dies
Last week, Steve Jobs, an amazing many and revolutionary in design and technology, passed away and many in the nation mourned. This week an equally great man, Dennis Ritchie, passed away and not enough people are talking about it.
Before I get into this article, understand that I respect both men and would be happy to accomplish even a tenth of the success and ingenuity in my lifetime. My bias and opinion stems from my roots in computer science, and a deep understanding of technology and it’s history. With that said, I’m sad on both accounts, and whether you agree or not, the world lost two of the best tech innovators of the decade.
At least 75% of the web as you know it (60% Server Share, 13% client share, 93% of web servers), is powered by the developments of Dennis Ritchie over his lifetime. Apple, the World Wide Web, and iPhone probably wouldn’t even exist had Dennis never invented C programming language (which since stemmed PHP and C++) and the contribution to Unix. So why is it that the brain and code of Dennis which exists in almost ALL our lives is so less noticed at the end of their life? My guess is simply publicity. For example: I’d bet far more people can name actors vs producers in hollywood.
You can read all about Dennis Ritchie on your own time, as the goal of this post is not to sum up his biography, but to instead instill awareness and appropriate memorial to him through social media. Please feel free to use and copy as much as you’d like and repost. Help honor the man, legend and revolutionary that was Dennis Ritchie.