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Torvalds, not because of him as a person, but because he created linux, the kernel which today powers the only usable OS, GNU/Linux.6
My favorite famous dev/tech person + why?
He always takes the human approach to technology. Its easy to forget we're supposed to write software for people.2
Definitely Jon Skeet. Not only is he #1 on stackoverflow. He is actively tackling the hardest problem of them all: Time zone.
Closely followed by Joel Spolsky. The founder of stack overflow. Feels like all his products (fogcreek, trello) revolutionizes developer productivity and addresses actual pain points5
He is everything i would want to be and still be alive.
Live a life, leave a legacy
My crude MS Paint-like drawing I made when bored in a meeting.
It was of sexy squidward screening in the background while I presented to two managers and switched screens around in a corporate meeting and they saw it for a good 40 seconds on the big monitor 😅😁15
I have quite a few but I'll try to narrow it down.
On my list:
* John Romero (id Software)
* Yukihiro Matsumoto (Ruby programming language)
* Donald Knuth (LaTeX)
* Gosuke Myashita (serverspec)
* Johan de Wit (puppet guru and my personal sensei that taught me a lot of things and also a good friend I cherish)2
Martin Owens, a.k.a. doctormo
Man's got what it takes to be a core contributor of Inkscape and a lot more. The approach with which he balances contracts and independent development with other contributors is worth a song.
Oh-ho-ho, in fact, his wife ordered a verse from Professor Elemental & Tom Caruana as a surprise and it was a snap! 😂 It's so fitting to this gentleman's character.
Hands down, one of my seniors in my bachelor's degree. His name is Mohit.
He helped me out with course materials, gave me guidance on tech and emerging technologies, gave me books, video lectures, cheat-sheets u name it.
Guy is a massive nerd, he used to be holed up in his room for days. And oh yeah, he also wasn't shy with sharing his knowledge and internet downloaded data, which was a pretty massive deal in 2012 when internet and WiFi was crazy expensive.
Also, he would ask me what games I needed so he would download it for me and hand it out for free.
That guy is the reason I even chose tech industry to have a career in to begin with. Last I heard from him, he got fucked up by a girl and decided to move to Bangalore and start a company. That company has net-worth of $4.5 million so he's doing pretty well.
Thierry A Davis, but already mentioned by kiki. So, Robert Nystrom, his book crafting interpreters is amazing. What a knowledge. His book is free online but you can buy as ebook too. He currently works for Google at dart programming language1
Jimmy Bogard purely because he gets loads of hate on social media because of idiots abusing the free libraries he puts up on nuget, and blaming him because they’re dense. And has Nick Chapsas constantly flaming him.
Jimmy doesn’t give two fucks. Be like Jimmy.