With messages written In C programming.
printf(“goodbye world :( n”);
return(70);}” wrote the floorisnowbacon on Reddit.
Ritchie created the world-famous programming language while working at Bell Labs Computing Sciences Research Center during the 1960s. While there he also co-founded Unix, a versatile operating system typically used to power huge data centers and servers. The software has been used to develop other operating systems like open-source Linux, Apple’s OS X, and proprietary UNIX operating systems, AIX.
“In our experience, C has proven to be a pleasant, expressive, and versatile language for a wide variety of program,” wrote Ritchie in his 1978 introduction to his famous book The C Programming Language. “It is easy to learn, and it wears well as ones experience with it grows.”
His death was also the topic of a front page Reddit post where many called him “the most important person of the tech revolution.”
“People outside of the computer science world will not understand exactly how this man, directly or indirectly, change their world. EVERY SINGLE DAY, they use something that was directly or inspired by this mans work. From the ATM, web browser, phones, car systems, etc,” wrote gordigor. “Sadly he won’t get the national recognition he deserves.”
Take a look at this Storify on Ritchie created by Kamla Bhatt.
Photo by Fernando Alfonso III.