Dennis Ritchie co-authored the book, The C Programming Language, a classic,
which many of my peers grew up with. It was one of the textbooks at MIT for Civil Engineering 1.00 when we were attending when the course was essentially an introduction to programming with C.
The harsh irony is that when Steve Jobs passed away I was probably the only one around me who
felt no remorse and hoped the curve fanaticism Jobs fueled would die with him. When Dennis Ritchie passed
away I was probably one of the few around me who knew who he was and appreciated the great contributions
he made to the computer industry.