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The World's Best Living Programmers 285

Posted by timothy
from the yeah-but-do-you-have-his-rookie-card? dept.
itwbennett (1594911) writes "How do you measure success? If it's by Stack Overflow reputation, Google engineer Jon Skeet is the world's best programmer. If it's winning programming competitions, Gennady Korotkevich or Petr Mitrechev might be your pick. But what about Linus Torvalds? Or Richard Stallman? Or Donald Knuth? ITworld's Phil Johnson has rounded up a list of what just might be the world's top 14 programmers alive today."
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The World's Best Living Programmers

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  • by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:33AM (#47407021)

    For others that are too busy to click through the slideshow, here is the list:

    Jon Skeet : Legendary Stack Overflow contributor
    Gennady Korotkevich : Competitive programming prodigy
    Linus Torvalds : Creator of Linux
    Jeff Dean : The brains behind Google search indexing
    John Carmack : Creator of Doom
    Richard Stallman : Creator of Emacs, GCC
    Petr Mitrechev : One of the top competitive programmers of all time
    Fabrice Bellard : Creator of QEMU
    Doug Cutting : Creator of Lucene
    Donald Knuth : Author of The Art of Computer Programming
    Anders Hejlsberg : Creator of Turbo Pascal
    Ken Thompson : Creator of Unix
    Adam D'Angelo : Co-founder of Quora
    Sanjay Ghemawat : Key Google architect

  • Re:Github Followers (Score:3, Informative)

    by Megol (3135005) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:44AM (#47407109)

    Being a good programmer is orthogonal with being a good manager so... why should one count management skills?

    Torvalds is a good programmer, but really far from the best out there.

  • by twasserman (878174) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:46AM (#47407131)
    BSD Unix, vi editor, Sun Microsystems....
  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:47AM (#47407137) Homepage Journal
    I'm just impressed that neither Bill Gates nor Mark Zuckerberg were included. Most people who don't understand programming include one - or both - of them when building a list of "top programmers" even though neither are particularly outstanding programmers.
  • damned multi-page (Score:3, Informative)

    by danbob999 (2490674) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @09:50AM (#47407169)
    Jon Skeet Main claim to fame: Legendary Stack Overflow contributor
    Gennady Korotkevich Main claim to fame: Competitive programming prodigy
    Linus Torvalds Main claim to fame: Creator of Linux
    Jeff Dean Main claim to fame: The brains behind Google search indexing
    John Carmack Main claim to fame: Creator of Doom
    Richard Stallman Main claim to fame: Creator of Emacs, GCC
    Petr Mitrechev Main claim to fame: One of the top competitive programmers of all time
    Fabrice Bellard Main claim to fame: Creator of QEMU
    Doug Cutting Main claim to fame: Creator of Lucene
    Donald Knuth Main claim to fame: Author of The Art of Computer Programming
    Anders Hejlsberg Main claim to fame: Creator of Turbo Pascal
    Ken Thompson Main claim to fame: Creator of Unix
    Adam D'Angelo Main claim to fame: Co-founder of Quora
    Sanjay Ghemawat Main claim to fame: Key Google architect
  • by raymorris (2726007) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @10:23AM (#47407429)
    Just FYI, that's quite false. Einstein passed his Matura (high school graduation exam), then attended Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zürich, where he got top grades in math and physics and earned his teaching degree. He did his PhD at University of Zürich. Alfred Kleiner, Professor of Experimental Physics, was his adviser for his thesis "A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions" Kleiner didn't need to advise Einstein much - his previous paper, "Conclusions from the Capillarity Phenomena" had already been published in the prestigious "Annalen der Physik" (Annals of Physics).
  • by RavenLrD20k (311488) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @10:42AM (#47407603) Journal

    Do we know who exactly came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?

    Actually, yes we do. Donkey Kong [wikipedia.org] was the first project by Shigeru Miyamoto. In fact, this was also the first appearance of Miyamoto's Mario character that has been continually reused ever since.

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