Top 13 Dennis Ritchie Quotes (C Programming Language).

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Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was born on September 9, 1941. Dennis Ritchie was an American computer scientist.
He created the C programming language. He also with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, created the Unix operating system and B programming language.
Ritchie and Thompson were awarded the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1999.


Ritchie was the head of Lucent Technologies System Software Research Department when he retired in 2007. He was the “R” in K&R C, and commonly known by his username dmr.


Top 13 Dennis Ritchie died on October 12, 2011.

  1. At least for the people who send me mail about a new language that they’re designing, the general advice is: do it to learn about how to write a compiler

2. The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it.

3. C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.

4. A language that doesn’t have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do

5. Pretty much everything on the web uses those two things: C and UNIX.

6. Sometimes when you fill a vacuum, it still sucks.

7. UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.

8. I’m still uncertain about the language declaration syntax.

9. A program designed for inputs from people is usually stressed beyond breaking point by computer-generated inputs.

10. I can’t recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open – any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate

11. C is peculiar in a lot of ways, but it, like many other successful things, has a certain unity of approach that stems from development in a small group.

12. Unix has retarded OS research by 10 years and linux has retarded it by 20.

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13. UNIX is simple and coherent, but it takes a genius (or at any rate, a programmer) to understand and appreciate its simplicity.

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