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Who is the biggest computer programmer?

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Christos’s Answer

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Well, it depends on how we count it!

Of course, there have been great programmers in the past and primarily those that created programming languages and stuff like that.

Let me put a list of tech people I really consider of tops in the industry right now:

1) Linus Torvalds (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds): The creator of Linux Kernel and git also known for his "special" character.
2) Joe Beda (https://twitter.com/jbeda): One of the creators of Kubernetes .
3) Kelsey Hightower (https://twitter.com/kelseyhightower): A Developer advocate in Google, known for his amazing live demos.
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Josh’s Answer

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So many people are programmers these days that this is a hard question to answer!

If you're asking about fame and wealth, people who founded or run some of the world's largest companies (like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Tencent, Oracle) started out as programmers.

There are other programmers whose work has continued on today, like the people who created programming languages (C, Java, Python, Javascript, Lisp, and so many more), who created the operating systems (like UNIX) , or created various programming languages (like Java, and Python), or worked on the technologies that built the internet and connected the world.

Other programmers that are well known are people who created pioneering video games. There are even "historical programmers", like Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing, who you could say were programmers before computers even existed.

There are so many well known programmers, it's pretty impossible to say that one is the biggest. But learning to use the computer as a tool gives you many many ways to reach out and change the world for the better.

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Paul Z.’s Answer

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This question is similar to asking who sings best. Depending on what flavor and what needs one has, one can certainly follow some idols and will help him/her to pursuit a goal in the field.


For me, I admired James Gosling who developed Java for a long time and most of my career has been using the language for building various systems.
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