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Dennis Ritchie passed away 4 days ago.

    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.
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