Frances Allen: Pioneer in optimizing compilers, first woman to win the Turing Award (2006) and first female IBM fellow.
Compiler is very low level work with very few changes; business software development is much higher level work. Joe Armstrong: Inventor of Erlang
I know about Erlang comes with limited implementation so not very relevant to Microsoft platform developer.Joshua Bloch: Author of the Java collections framework, now at Google
This is the only person whose work I would like to see because I would like to see if it is clean or comes with base mathematical flaws like other Object libraries.Bernie Cosell: One of the main software guys behind the original ARPANET IMPs and a master debugger
I don't like Mozilla because IE saves my yahoo map pages Mozilla saved files are blank.Brad Fitzpatrick: Writer of LiveJournal, OpenID, memcached, and Perlbal
ADO.NET with Http cache not very complicated engineering, important in Java because Sun did not pay for it but Microsoft did and we take it for granted.Dan Ingalls: Smalltalk implementor and designer
I can relate to Martin Folwer from Small Talk the rest is distance history.Simon Peyton Jones: Coinventor of Haskell and lead designer of Glasgow Haskell Compiler
Software history not relevant to current software implementation.Donald Knuth: Author of The Art of Computer Programming and creator of TeX
Another history great contributions with limited current implementation .Peter Norvig: Director of Research at Google and author of the standard text on AI.
Microsoft runs one of those anybody who is interested can see most of what they do but most is not implementation ready engineering.Guy Steele: Coinventor of Scheme and part of the Common Lisp Gang of Five, currently working on Fortress
Software history not relevant to current implementation.Ken Thompson: Inventor of UNIX
He is relevant because most of the none Windows operating systems uses it, I have used Oracle in Solaris, IBM ISeries and HP all uses a variation of UNIX so he is relevant.Jamie Zawinski: Author of XEmacs and early Netscape/Mozilla hacker
The University of Illinois sells Marc Andreessen’s code so most serious developers can create a browser.