Today, news broke that Dennis Ritchie had passed away at aged 70 after a long, but unspecified illness. It is hard to say how much of an impact he has had on computing over the years, as it’s incalculable. Today I found out that we – indeed, all of us – have lost our Father… He has been free()’d.
In honor of his life’s work, I have made a shrine to him in the office. Without Dennis, none of us would be doing what we are doing, today. He wasn’t simply a figure in the landscape, he was a shaper of the landscape. We’ve all lost a hero.