Dennis Ritchie creator of the C programming language dies

The creator of the C programming language and the co-author of the book of the same name has died.� Dennis Ritchie joined Bell Labs in 1967 and in addition to developing C was one of the developers of the Unix operating system at Bell Labs in the late 60s and in the 70s written almost entirely in C.C grew out of B which was derived by Ken Thompson from BCPL, developed at Cambridge University in 1966 by Martin Richards.

I started programming in Fortran66, then played around with Ratfor, which was Fortran made to look like C, before buying my first copy of K&R C.� For a Fortran programmer who also had to program some chunks in assembler to get around the limitations of Fortran, C was a liberation.

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