From: Dennis Ritchie
Newsgroups: comp.std.c Subject: Re: Computing sizeof() during compilation Organization: Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies > You are right. It was nice back in the days when things like > > #if (sizeof(int) == 8) > > actually worked (on some compilers). Must have been before my time. Dennis
C language, has died. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of his work — C is imperfect and limited, but it serves as a near-universal tool for programming everything from tiny ATTiny8s to Blue Gene supercomputers. It does exactly what it was designed to do — provide a portable abstraction that is nevertheless close enough to the underlying machine to be efficient, and comfortable enough to write substantial programs in. These days, I (and many other programmers) prefer to write in Python or another high-level language, but most interpreted languages are still implemented in C, and when performance is critical, C is generally the way to go. Dennis Ritchie's impact on the world of computers was tremendous, and he will be sorely missed.