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Monday, 9. October 2006
Monday 2006-10-09 Software Ralph Griswold 1934-05-19 -- 2006-10-06
Ralph Griswold 1934-05-19 -- 2006-10-06
Ralph Griswold passed away a few days ago. He was one of the early pioneers of computer science, invented SNOBOL language at the Bell Labs and Icon at University of Arizona, where he started its computer science department. Icon was and is an elegant language that supports goal-directed evaluation, high-level constructs and powerful string handling capability. As Larry Wall once put it "Icon is a cat language, and Perl is a dog language."
Friday, 25. August 2006
Friday 2006-08-25 Software Schoonschip
Probably very few people know of software named Schoonschip. It is a computer algebra system for high energy physics -- it can handle tens of thousands of terms in equations, sum over indices in those terms, carry out integrations, etc. It is possibly the first software ever that helped its author (Martinus J.G. Veltman) win the Nobel Prize.
Monday, 26. December 2005
Monday 2005-12-26 Software browser 15 years later
browser 15 years later
Saturday, 25. June 2005
Saturday 2005-06-25 Jack Kilby 1923-11-08 -- 2005-06-20
Jack Kilby 1923-11-08 -- 2005-06-20
Jack Kilby, a co-inventor of IC, passed away recently. He had received many awards including Nobel prize in physics in 2000.
Wednesday, 2. March 2005
Wednesday 2005-03-02 Software Jef Raskin 1943-03-09 -- 2005-02-26
Jef Raskin 1943-03-09 -- 2005-02-26
Jef Raskin passed away the other day. Raskin was one of the pioneers of GUI, UI design and other efforts for improving personal computers, the most famous of them being Apple Macintosh.
Tuesday, 1. February 2005
Tuesday 2005-02-01 Development Disconnected
Just like "dark matter" in the universe, most software professionals are invisible, silent and ancient. Jeff Schneider has been listening to these people: "Jeff, it was only a few years ago that we quit writing programs in Assembler and started writing them in COBOL."
Thursday, 21. October 2004
Thursday 2004-10-21 Software Ken Iverson 1920-12-17 -- 2004-10-19
Ken Iverson 1920-12-17 -- 2004-10-19
Kenneth Iverson passed away. Iverson invented APL, later J, and won Turing Award.
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