Monday, July 26

The Fouding Father of Unix

Found via Slashdot a nice article (Unix's founding fathers) on about Dennis Ritchie who invented C and was one of the key members of the team behind Unix.
It is that interplay between the technical and the social that gives both C and Unix their legendary status. Programmers love them because they are powerful, and they are powerful because programmers love them. David Gelernter, a computer scientist at Yale, perhaps put it best when he said, “Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.” Dr Ritchie's creations are indeed beautiful examples of that most modern of art forms.