Entrepreneurs, developers, and software engineers that changed the software development industry
Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser; co-founder of Netscape; and co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is also a co-founder of Ning, a company that provides a platform for social networking websites. He sits on the board of directors of Facebook. Andreessen was one of six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the First International Conference on the World-Wide Web in 1994.
Kent Beck (born 1961) is an American software engineer and the creator of extreme programming, a software development methodology that eschews rigid formal specification for a collaborative and iterative design process. Beck was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, the founding document for agile software development. Extreme and Agile methods are closely associated with Test-Driven Development (TDD), of which Beck is perhaps the leading proponent.
Beck pioneered software design patterns, as well as the commercial application of Smalltalk. He wrote the SUnit unit testing framework for Smalltalk, which spawned the xUnit series of frameworks, notably JUnit for Java, which Beck wrote with Erich Gamma. Beck popularized CRC cards with Ward Cunningham, the inventor of the wiki.
He lives in San Francisco, California and worked at social media company Facebook. Kent has worked at Gusto since April 2019.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin is an American software engineer and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin was the president of Google's parent company Alphabet Inc, until stepping down from the role on December 3, 2019. Brin and Larry Page remain at Alphabet as co-founders, controlling shareholders, board members, and employees. As of October 2019, Brin is the 14th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$48.5billion
Brin immigrated to the United States with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of six. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he enrolled at Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. in computer science. There he met Page, with whom he built a web search engine. The program became popular at Stanford, and they suspended their Ph.D. studies to start up Google in Susan Wojcicki's garage in Menlo Park.
Dahl was born on August 13, 1979 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001.
Node.js has since become one of the most widely used platforms for building web applications and other networked systems, and it is used by companies such as Netflix, Uber, and PayPal.
Dahl has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of computer science, including the O'Reilly Open Source Award and the QCon San Francisco Innovator of the Year Award. He is also a member of the Node.js Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the Node.js community.
Jack Patrick Dorsey is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.
Martin Fowler (born 1963) is a British software developer, author, and international public speaker on software development, specializing in object-oriented analysis and design, UML, patterns, and agile software development methodologies, including extreme programming.
His 1999 book Refactoring popularised the practice of code refactoring. In 2004 he introduced Presentation Model (PM), an architectural pattern.
asmus Lerdorf is a Danish-Canadian computer programmer and web developer. He is best known for creating the PHP programming language and for his work on the Apache HTTP Server.
Lerdorf was born on November 22, 1968 in Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland. He grew up in Denmark and Canada, and he received a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada in 1994.
In 1995, while working as a systems administrator at Yahoo!, Lerdorf developed a set of scripts in the programming language Perl to track his online resume and personal information. These scripts eventually evolved into the PHP programming language, which has become one of the most popular languages for web development.
In addition to his work on PHP, Lerdorf has also contributed to the development of the Apache HTTP Server, one of the most widely used web servers in the world. He has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the field of computer science, including the Webby Award for Technical Achievement and the O'Reilly Open Source Award.
Lerdorf continues to be active in the tech community, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world.
Robert C. "Uncle Bob" Martin is a software engineer, speaker, and author who is known for his contributions to the field of computer science and his advocacy for clean code and software craftsmanship.
Martin was born on September 6, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1974, and he began his career as a software developer shortly thereafter.
Throughout his career, Martin has worked on a wide range of software projects, including the design and implementation of commercial and open-source software systems. He has also written numerous books on software development, including "Clean Code," "Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices," and "The Clean Coder."
Martin is also a well-known speaker and trainer, and he has given talks and workshops on software development, agile methodologies, and other topics at conferences and events around the world. He is a co-founder of the Agile Alliance and the founder of the Clean Code movement, which promotes the use of clean, maintainable, and effective code in software development.
Overall, Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin is a highly respected and influential figure in the field of computer science, and his contributions have had a lasting impact on the way we think about software development and software engineering.
Lawrence Edward Page is an American software engineer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders of Google along with Sergey Brin
Page was the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (Google's parent company) until stepping down on December 3, 2019. After stepping aside as Google CEO in August 2001 in favor of Eric Schmidt, he re-assumed the role in April 2011. He announced his intention to step aside a second time in July 2015 to become CEO of Alphabet, under which Google's assets would be reorganized. Under Page, Alphabet sought to deliver major advancements in a variety of industries. On December 4, 2019, Page stepped down from his CEO position from Alphabet. Both Page and Sergey Brin remain at Alphabet as co-founders, board members, employees, and controlling shareholders.
Forbes placed him 10th in the list "Billionaires 2019". As of March 2020, Page is the 11th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $53.6 billion, according to Forbes.
Page is the co-inventor of PageRank, a well-known search ranking algorithm for Google, which he wrote with Brin Page received the Marconi Prize in 2004 with Brin.
Pichai Sundararajan (born June 10, 1972), also known as Sundar Pichai, is an Indian American business executive, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google LLC. Pichai began his career as a materials engineer and joined Google as a management executive in 2004. He rose to become the company's Product Chief and the CEO in 2015, as part of the restructuring process that turned Alphabet Inc. into Google's parent company. In December 2019, he additionally became CEO of Alphabet Inc.