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Your personal (programming) hero - pranomostro - 24-02-2017

The unix history is riddled with different interesting personalities,
ranging from original unix developers over important OSS programmers to
corporate programmers who worked on solaris.

I remember there being a really good page about for the more or less important developers of unix, but I can't find it.

Anyway, who is your personal hero when it comes to programming and especially unix?

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - Halfwit - 24-02-2017

I'm a huge fan of Brian Kernighan. From Awk, to his ability to write amazingly good books he's always been someone I look to.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - apk - 24-02-2017

guys i mean we can circle jerk all day about dennis richie and ken thompson and alfred aho and brian kernighan but look

the best programmer of all time

is of course rob pike

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - jkl - 24-02-2017

Technically, Dennis Ritchie, the actual father of Unix and C.

Other than Dennis Ritchie, I'd probably vote for Bill Joy, knowing that he was involved in the founding of Java so he's far from being an overall hero either... :-)

edit: removed Thompson bashing, decided to ignore him instead. Oops!

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - venam - 25-02-2017

It depends on your definition of a hero.
I like the second one.
1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war.
3. A person noted for special achievement in a particular field: the heroes of medicine. See Synonyms at celebrity.
A hero for me would be a person who acted in a selfless manner to achieve a greater good for others.
Most of heros sacrifice their life for a single goal.

The examples in the first and third categories are plenty in the computing field but I can't find much if any in the second one.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - robotchaos - 25-02-2017

mine is definitely ritchie. mathematicians solve all problems.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - pranomostro - 25-02-2017

Maybe "giving up ones life" should not be taken too literally, but instead
as "devoting ones whole life to a single purpose".

I think that Richard Stallman would fit into that category quite well,
he has invested his whole life for improving the situation of free software
all over the world without ever really asking for anything. I admire
that, although I don't agree with him on a technical level.

I always thought that Doug McIlroy was a really interesting character (there
are some ironic myths ( ) sorrounding him),
but to boil it down: he was the one who invented pipes.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - mrtn - 27-02-2017

+1 for Stallman
Although I disagree with him on several aspects.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - jkl - 27-02-2017

(25-02-2017, 03:25 PM)pranomostro Wrote: Maybe "giving up ones life" should not be taken too literally

Good developers have no life.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - pranomostro - 27-02-2017

(27-02-2017, 05:48 AM)mrtn Wrote: +1 for Stallman
Although I disagree with him on several aspects.

Politically or technologically?

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - rocx - 27-02-2017

(27-02-2017, 02:55 PM)pranomostro Wrote: Politically or technologically?

Culinary aspects.

RE: Your personal (programming) hero - mrtn - 01-03-2017

(27-02-2017, 02:55 PM)pranomostro Wrote: Politically or technologically?

I guess it's ideologically.
For starters, he's an omnivore. I am not. In addition to that, I disagree with his simple black and white view on the world. You can't classify everything in these two categories. I admire him in a way, that he's able to live his life the way he does, but for me, that's too extreme.