Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Friday 28 October 2011

New adventures

Today was my last day on iWork™. I'd like to thanks my team for these last two years and wish them the best, it was fantastic.

Monday will be the beginning of new adventures, at Mozilla. I'll be in Toronto the first week, but will be based in Vancouver.

Saturday 15 October 2011

Punk rock languages

Excellent write-up about why C has won the language battle: punk rock languages

Also, if you know C and C++, read the Deep C (and C++) PDF deck of slides, and become surprised (or not).

Wednesday 12 October 2011

RIP Dennis M Ritchie

It is hard to write eulogies about people you have never met. Dennis M Ritchie's work has influenced me a lot in my tech field. UNIX and C were two of the main projects he worked on and two of the things from which I have been making a living. If it wasn't for them, I may not be working in software engineering.

Dennis M Ritchie sadly passed away today at 70.

The Economist has a good summary of Dennis Ritchie work. The article is from 2004, before iPhone, iPad and Android, which are the most popular consumer products that are based off UNIX.

I spent my professional life either fiddling with operating systems like AIX, BSD, iOS, Linux, MacOS X, Solaris, based on or derived from UNIX, or writing software in C, C++, Objective-C. Thank you Mr Ritchie for your invaluable contribution to computing.