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Bill O'Boyle

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Another Sad Passing
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http://www.firstpost.com/tech/dennis-ritchie-creator-of-unix-and-c-dies-107322.html

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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:44 pm    Post subject:
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October Month is not sounding good, too many deaths - Steve jobs then a Local Vocal Singer Jagjeet Singh and now Dennis Ritchie.

Language C is one of those very first languages which I've ever learned. Only he could say, "C has the power of assembly language and the convenience of... assembly language".

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:07 pm    Post subject:
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I learned C on a laptop, while flying around the country for business. Not C++ mind you, but plain old C.

I was able to use it to get out of a lot of tight spaces in the days of client/server with database back-ends. We had a big diversity of systems, from MS-DOS 5.x to Windows 98, and we had to handle them all. To make things worse, the different versions of SYBASE each had their own DLL interface, plus a different one depending on the OS using it. Writing a command line launcher was the best way to go, and that's what we did.

It was also a great way to write a program to test the installation of our software. Using an extremely small Linux kernel, I could boot from a floppy and run connectivity tests from the client machines without having to get network access.
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