Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Dennis Ritchie

I first learned of Dennis Ritchie when I attended my first Computer Camp at Translyvania University, and sat in on a lecture on the history of computers by Tylene Garrett. When I attended college, I spent my first year programming Pascal.  Then in May Term, Dr. Garrett offered C/C++ as a class. I never looked back at Pascal, or Basic.  C/C++ was definitely the language of the future.  Even today, the world of Java around us, Native code is still implemented in C/C++. As a Software Engineer, I see it will be many years down the road before C/C++ is replaced, Java has not replaced it, in fact Java is built on top of C/C++.

Steve Jobs made some wonderful devices, but the MP3 Player was around before the iPod, the SmartPhone was around before the iPhone, and UNIX was around a long time before the iMac.  I could go on with the list, but my point is Steve Jobs was an incredible marketer, he took devices that were not popular, put a new twist on the interface, and sold it to billions.  He had the help of many brilliant people at Apple.

Dennis Ritchie, built a language, and gave it to the world to do as they wish with it. The world has answered back with some of the most amazing things:

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Oracle
  • ….. (list any software company, many hardware companies in the world.)

Dennis didn’t just leave a legacy, he left a world for you and me to live in.  A world he quietly sat and watch grow

By Jeffery Miller

I am known for being able to quickly decipher difficult problems to assist development teams in producing a solution. I have been called upon to be the Team Lead for multiple large-scale projects. I have a keen interest in learning new technologies, always ready for a new challenge.

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