Found out from twitter that dmr passed away.
Yep. RIP dmr, one of the most influential computer scientists to ever live. You will be missed.
Originally Posted by The Jargon File
a sad day in computer science indeed
Very sad indeed. Extremely intelligent computer scientist - genius in my book. Probably more than half the reason any of us have a job or anything to talk about on this forum.
This forum probably wouldn't even exist...this forum
OMG! I didn't know!...
Rest in Peace dmr... I really wish I'd met the guy who built a programming language that influenced my entire life!...
Devoted my life to programming...
I think I wrote more lines of text in C than in my native language. Maybe I am over-stretching it a bit, but if I remove stuff that I wrote during my schooling days I am definitely positive about it. So what can I say? RIP, Mr. Dennis M Ritchie.
PS, Wikipedia states he died 5 days ago!?! Isn't Twitter invented precisely because to keep us all up to date with everything that's going on?
Last edited by idelovski; 10-13-2011 at 10:05 AM.
Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.
From ashes to ashes, dust to dust, into the earth with one big thrust!
Seriously, though: If it weren't for this thread, I might not have known so thanks kermit. I doubt I would find programming so interesting if it weren't for C given my history, so I owe DMR a lot myself.
I am now much more confident that this is not a hoax, but the reports are still sketchy, including concerning the exact date of his alleged passing. ZDNet's article quotes a statement by Jeong Kim, president of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, but I have not actually seen the statement published by Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.Originally Posted by idelovski