Dennis Ritchie passed away 4 days ago.Posted on 2011.10.16 at 12:32
- Those are cool. Hey, Steve Jobs invented the iPhone!
Here are some cause and effect charts:
|UNIX >||Android OS|
|BSD Unix >||Mac OS/X >||iPhone iOS|
|K&R C >||ANSI C||
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.
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.