Hendra Nicholas I am a software engineer, consultant and CEO at 41studio currently living in West Java, Indonesia. My interests range from programming to sport. I am also interested in entrepreneurship, technology, and design.

The Most Important People in Programming

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The Most Important People in Programming

Are you familiar with programming languages such as C, C++ and Java? If you’re working as the programmer and the developer, you often hear about them even they are often applied when making a website or mobile application. Don’t you know? Those programming languages are created by the best programmers in the world. Who are they? Let’s check this out!

1. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie

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Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie is a programmer who is also known as the computer scientist. He originally comes from Bronxville, NY, US. Born on September 9, 1941, he is known as the creator C programming language. This language is usually used for any kind of software applications. It helps another programmer in building and operating the developed system. Besides C programming language, he creates the operating system named UNIX. This our father of C programming language is the alumni of Harvard University. During his life, he has received several awards such as Turing Award in 1983, the Hamming Medal in 1990 and the National Medal of Technology in 1999. Moreover, he has written a lot of books and the most famous book is entitled The C Programming Language Book.

2. Bjarne Stroustrup

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Bjarne Stroustrup is a computer scientist who is from Aarhus, Denmark. He was born on December 30. He is the important person in creating and developing C++ programming language. He manages all of the things about this language which starts from writing and producing each definition, formulating the design standard, designing the facilities until processing them into the perfect standard. Bjarne Stroustrup was graduated from Aarhus University, Churchill College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge. As his knowledge, he has received several achievements such as Grace Murray Hopper Award, IEEE Fellow, William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, Dahl–Nygaard Prize. Want to get in touch with him? Let’s follow Bjarne’s.

3. James Gosling

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James Gosling comes from Calgary, Canada. He was born on May 19, 1955. Everyone knows him as the creator of Java programming language. James has created the main contributions for software system especially for NeWS and Gosling Emacs. As his intelligence, people present the precious award named Officer of the Order of Canada for our father of Java programming language. If you want to know him in detail, you can explore James Gosling’s twitter.

4. Brian Kernighan

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Brian Kernighan is the computer scientist who originally comes from Toronto, Canada. He was born on January 1, 1942. He is the alumni of Princeton University and University of Toronto and he has finished his thesis titled Some Graph Partitioning Problems Related to Program Segmentation in 1969. He ever worked with Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie as the UNIX creator at Bell Labs. If you know AWK and AMPL programming languages, you have to memorize that Brian is the co-author of it. Luckily, he is so famous after becoming the co-authorship of Dennis Ritchie’s book titled the C programming language. Now, he becomes a Professor and the Undergraduate Department Representative at the Computer Science Department of Princeton University. Curious about him? Just follow Brian’s twitter.

5. Anders Hejlsberg

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Anders Hejlsberg was born December 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the software engineer who is known as the creator of the most popular programming language of C#. He was graduated Technical University of Denmark. He has released several books titled The C# Programming Language, Microsoft C# Language Specifications and C# Program Lang Safari. Also, he writes for Turbo Pascal and the chief architect of Delphi. For your information, in 2001, he got an award named Dr. Dobb’s Excellence in Programming Award. You can get the further information about him through Anders Hejlsberg’s twitter.

6. Bill Gates

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Who does not know about Bill Gates? Founder of Microsoft? Yes. You’re guys right. He is the chairman of the largest personal computer software company in the world and it’s Microsoft. He was born on October 28, 1955. He originally comes from Seattle, Washington, United States. He is the famous entrepreneur and computer programmer who has succeeded to develop Windows. Moreover, he is known as the investor and philanthropist. He has inspired everyone in the world. Even he always reminds people through these words.
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose”

7. Guido van Rossum

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Born on January 31, 1956 in Haarlem, Netherlands, Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python programming language. For your information, he ever worked at Google for 7 years. While he was working at Google, he also created the internal code review system named Mondrian and Rietveld. Now, he is working at Dropbox. The great information about him is that he ever receives the NLUUG Award in 2003 and Award for Advancement of Free Software. If you want to know more about his profile or his another achievement, you can follow Guido’s twitter.

8. Ken Thompson

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Ken Thompson was born on February 4, 1943. Graduated from University, Ken comes from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He is the computer scientist who has created and applied the original UNIX system and developed the B programming language into the C programming language. Don’t you know that he is the first developer of Plan 9 operating system? He has received the various awards such as Turing Awards in 1983 and Tsutomu Kanai Awards. Also, he has published the books titled Roycroft’s 5-man Chess Endgame Series, Queen and Pawn Against Queen. Let’s get in touch with him through Ken’s twitter.

9. Tim Berners Lee

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Tim Bernes Lee is a computer scientist who is well-known by people through his creation about the implementation of the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in November, 1989. He was born on June 8, 1955 (age 62), London, United Kingdom. Graduated from The Queen’s College, Tim has published the book titled Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor. Moreover, he also received the awards include Order of the British Empire and Royal Medal. Want to get information about him, please find it in Tim’s twitter.

10. Mark Zuckerberg

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What do you think about Mark Zuckerberg? Facebook? A millionaire? Yes, that’s true. Mark Zuckerberg is the creator of the popular social media named Facebook. He was born on May 14, 1984, White Plains, New York, United States. Graduated from Univesity Harvard, Mark has succeeded to motivate and inspire the programmers to invent the startup cultures to the whole world. In order to strengthen their thought, he share his own thought that by giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.

Those are the several people who have contributed their knowledge in creating and expanding the popular programming language. So, we have to respect their works and their efforts because their creation is very beneficial for us. If you want to discuss it in detail, share your suggestion in comment section below.

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Hendra Nicholas I am a software engineer, consultant and CEO at 41studio currently living in West Java, Indonesia. My interests range from programming to sport. I am also interested in entrepreneurship, technology, and design.