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Dennis Ritchie passed away 4 days ago.

Posted on 2011.10.16 at 12:32
    Who?
Dennis Ritchie is the guy that co-wrote the Unix OS and the K&R C programming language.
    Huh?
iPhone? Andoid phone?
    Those are cool. Hey, Steve Jobs invented the iPhone!
WRONG! You may not have a computer in front of you if it wasn't for this guy.

Here are some cause and effect charts:


File Operating Systems:
UNIX >
Linux >
Android OS
BSD Unix > Mac OS/X > iPhone iOS


Programming Languages:
Used to create:
K&R C > ANSI C
  • Every major OS.
  • System BIOS.
  • Device drivers.
  • Most cutting-edge games.
C++
Objective C
  • iPhone Apps.
Perl
  • Web server automation.
  • Server-side web apps.
Java
  • Server-side web apps.
  • Desktop apps.
  • Android Apps.
PHP
  • Server-side web apps.
ECMAScript
A.K.A. Javascript
A.K.A. Actionscript
  • The Lingua Franca
    of all web-client apps.
  • Also used in Flash.
C#
  • Server-side web apps.
  • Desktop apps.
  • Silverlight apps.


Steve?
He led through business management and a design aesthetic.
He was not the primary designer and engineer of the technologies he seems to receive sole credit for.

Rant:
The world has Unix and C thanks to anti-trust regulation that prevented Bell Labs (AT&T) from imposing restrictive commercial licensing on either UNIX or C. This allowed these technologies to become world-wide standards. Software patents and patent trolls restrict the adoption of new technologies and frustrates inspired innovation.

Comments:


roapr5150 at 2011-10-25 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
You bring up a good point.

Now that corporations have their brand name of some kind of Linux build I think the credit for who developed what is blurred now more than ever.

What did Steve Jobs create?
He is known to have blasted Bill Gates for not creating anything where the Mac OS was based off Xerox.

I plan to spend more time on LJ from today moving forward. Glad you're still posting around here!
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postconditional at 2011-11-01 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think having RedHat or Canno-however-it's-spelled, etc-branded Linuxes will obscure the fact that Linus created it, and that it was inspired by AT&T Unix. I'll start worrying about that when they stop calling it BSD Unix or Something Linux and give it its own brand-name like Orange Co. Tan (short for tangerine) Operating System Ten.

Bill Gates replied recently something along the lines of how he could understand Steve's frustration when his marketing approach wasn't as successful at times, but that Microsoft helped Steve eventually create the first Mac OS... I seem to remember something along those lines from watching The Pirates of Silicon Valley.
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