Legends in IT: best and most influential programmers in the world

Legends in IT: best and most influential programmers in the world

Programmer profession in general is very respected. But what about personalities? Whose achievements do we most admire?

Let’s look at developers whose names are very often mentioned when it comes to invaluable contributions to the development of IT. Of course, an unambiguous rating is unrealistic. In addition, we decided not to take into account celebrities such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. We will tell you about lesser-known people in wide circles.

Linus Torvalds

Surely you have already heard this name more than once. Linus Torvalds is an American with Finnish descent and the creator of Linux , one of the most popular operating systems in the world.

Linus has always been a supporter of the idea of freeware, i.e. free software. Thanks to him, in an industry saturated with huge sums of money, a free open-source OS appeared. Nowadays, thousands of programmers are developing and updating Linux.

Linus Torvalds

Torvalds is known for not trying to please people. As an object for jokes, it looks like Chuck Noris, but only in a programming environment. For example, they say that he can play a 3D game in his mind just by reading its source code.

Donald Knuth

Professor at Stanford University and author of a fundamental monograph entitled “The Art of Programming”. His academic work is the result of tremendous work. He cover almost all existing areas in software development: from data structures to analysis of algorithms. By the way, the analysis of algorithms is also his “doing business”. In addition to theory, Knuth’s book contains a large number of examples in Assembler.

Donald Knuth

Famous creators of Google, Facebook and other major projects have thanked Donald many times for his unique tutorial. As Bill Gates once said: “ You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing”. Knuth began working on a monograph in 1962. He has already published 4 volumes, and in the near future a fifth should be published.

Donald Knuth also created the language for the development of vector fonts METAFONT and TeX-a system for typesetting printing documents.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

He currently leads the A4AI coalition, the Alliance for Accessible Internet. Its main goal is to make the Internet fast and affordable even for the poorest. The organization is supported by Google, Facebook and other large corporations.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

James Gosling

The father of the legendary Java language. He also developed NeWS, a distributed computing technology. He created the original design of Java. The full list of Gosling projects is quite wide. It also includes the text editor Emacs, Star Seven, and others.

James Gosling

Anders Hejlsberg

Thanks to the efforts of Anders Hejlsberg, a compiler for the Pascal language appeared, which reduced the compiler time of programs to a couple of seconds. Initially, the compiler was written under DOS, and subsequent versions were built into the Turbo Pascal environment. The value of this development of Hejlsberg lies in the fact that it significantly increased the productivity of programmers. Anders later led the development of Borland Delphi, where he also focused on speed. Now Delphi is one of the most popular languages ​​in the world.

Anders Hejlsberg

Bram Cohen

Creator of BitTorrent protocol, which allows downloading files from the Internet at tremendous speeds. We think Torrent needs no introduction. About 250 million users use BitTorrent protocol. Huge amounts of data are downloaded through torrents. The problem of the program lies only in the fact that it is also actively used to distribute “pirated” content.

Bram Cohen

John Carmack

He participated in the founding of the developer computer games id Software. He became known as the author of a series of legendary Doom shooters. Carmack was a gamemaster at Dungeons & amp; corporate parties Dragons. There, the Doom idea was born. When creating the game, he developed many 3D tricks and solutions that are used by programmers to this day.

John Carmack

Bjarne Stroustrup

The father of the C ++ language, which today is taught in almost all universities. C ++ language is one of the main applied programming languages. Its syntax is used in several other modern languages, including PHP. Bjarne Stroustrup managed to refine and improve the “C” so well that the basic version almost sunk into oblivion. Now the developer is engaged in teaching activities and collaborates with financial conglomerate Morgan Stanley.

Bjarne Stroustrup

Brendan Eich

Developed a universally recognized standard in web programming – the JavaScript language. He was a co-founder of Mozilla, participated in the creation of Firefox. He served as Chief Executive Officer. The reason for the dismissal from the post of CEO was a scandal that erupted due to the fact that Eich actively participated in the movement to ban gay marriage in California.

Brendan Eich
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