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OT Theological Question

Off topic, I know...

In a recent Google search for the "gods of programming" I saw several
references to there actually being twelve of them. Does anybody know who
they are? I'd guess that Knuth, Kernigan, and Ritchie are three of the
twelve.

Thanks for humoring me,
Ken Webster

Jul 17 '05 #1
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On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 10:49:09 -0400, alltel news wrote:
Off topic, I know...

In a recent Google search for the "gods of programming" I saw several
references to there actually being twelve of them. Does anybody know who
they are? I'd guess that Knuth, Kernigan, and Ritchie are three of the
twelve.


Without a doubt. Also:
- George Boole
- Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace
- Alan Turing

Those are the only definites I can think of offhand. Some others that
are likely:
- Charles Babbage
- John Backus
- Edsger Dijkstra
- Grace Hopper
- John McCarthy
- Blaise Pascal
- Niklaus Wirth

Some that are possible:
- Seymour Cray
- Bill Gates
- Bjarne Stroustrup
- Linus Torvalds
- Steve Wozniak

....and David Bradley, for creating the three-finger salute
(Ctrl+Alt+Del).

For us BASIC users, John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz (the creators of BASIC)
would be on the list, but most non-BASIC programmers would probably put
them on the "devil" side.

Here's a decent list of big names in computer history:
http://www.fortunecity.com/marina/reach/435/people.html

--
auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
*****
My bleeding eardrums and I take it that was a yes?
Jul 17 '05 #2
Charles Petzold is one that comes to mind as a 'god' in the C world. Ditto
Raymond Chen, but probably only to those who routinely read the windows
shell groups or the msdn.

--

Randy Birch
MVP Visual Basic
http://vbnet.mvps.org/
Please respond only to the newsgroups so all can benefit.
"Auric__" <no*********@email.address> wrote in message
news:s9********************************@4ax.com...
: On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 10:49:09 -0400, alltel news wrote:
:
: >Off topic, I know...
: >
: >In a recent Google search for the "gods of programming" I saw several
: >references to there actually being twelve of them. Does anybody know who
: >they are? I'd guess that Knuth, Kernigan, and Ritchie are three of the
: >twelve.
:
: Without a doubt. Also:
: - George Boole
: - Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace
: - Alan Turing
:
: Those are the only definites I can think of offhand. Some others that
: are likely:
: - Charles Babbage
: - John Backus
: - Edsger Dijkstra
: - Grace Hopper
: - John McCarthy
: - Blaise Pascal
: - Niklaus Wirth
:
: Some that are possible:
: - Seymour Cray
: - Bill Gates
: - Bjarne Stroustrup
: - Linus Torvalds
: - Steve Wozniak
:
: ...and David Bradley, for creating the three-finger salute
: (Ctrl+Alt+Del).
:
: For us BASIC users, John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz (the creators of BASIC)
: would be on the list, but most non-BASIC programmers would probably put
: them on the "devil" side.
:
: Here's a decent list of big names in computer history:
: http://www.fortunecity.com/marina/reach/435/people.html
:
: --
: auric underscore underscore at hotmail dot com
: *****
: My bleeding eardrums and I take it that was a yes?

Jul 17 '05 #3
Hey, I'm a god.

Oh, wait, you're talking about programming. Never nind!

Jesus
--Visual Studio .Net was developed by the devil. Pass it on.--
"alltel news" <ke********@carolinadotrr.com> wrote in message
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Off topic, I know...

In a recent Google search for the "gods of programming" I saw several
references to there actually being twelve of them. Does anybody know who
they are? I'd guess that Knuth, Kernigan, and Ritchie are three of the
twelve.

Thanks for humoring me,
Ken Webster

Jul 17 '05 #4

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