Thursday, October 13, 2011

Goodbye Dennis...

These are really sad days for the IT world. Last weekend Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at 70 after a long illness.

His contributions to techlonogy have been outstanding: he was the creator of the C programming language and the father of the UNIX operating system along with Ken Thompson.

He received the Turing Award, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal and the National Medal of Technology.

The influence of his work and creations is widespread in each and every software product you are using right now, either as direct heritage or as indirect influence on developers and programming languages.

Linux, BSD (and therefore MacOSX and iOS) users owes to him much more: the core concepts, stucture and basic utilities of these operating systems.

His collaborators remember him as "a quiet and mostly private man" and it was sad that the news of his passing spread with this delay only because he was not a pop-celebrity.

Then, thank you Dennis for everything you made possible with your work and passion!
I borrow my last salute to him from the internet because, in my opinion, there's nothing more appropriate than this:
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
    printf("goodbye, dad\n");
    return 0;

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodbye Steve...

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.

Steven Paul Jobs
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011