• Jan 1, 1956
    (b.) - ?

Bio/Description

A Canadian software engineer and author, he is best known for his work at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs and Inferno operating systems, as well as the Limbo programming language. He also co-developed the Blit graphical terminal for Unix. Before that, he wrote the first window system for Unix in 1981. He was the applicant for AT&T patent number 4555775 or "backing store patent" that is part of the X graphic system protocol. He was once a prominent proponent of software patents. Over the years he has written many text editors; SAM and ACME are the most well-known and are still in active use and development. He is the co-author of The Practice of Programming and The Unix Programming Environment with Brian Kernighan. With Ken Thompson he is the co-creator of UTF-8. He also developed lesser systems such as the vismon program for displaying images of faces of email authors. He also appeared once on Late Night with David Letterman, as a technical assistant to the comedy duo Penn and Teller. He currently works for Google, where he was involved in the creation of the programming language Go.
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    Jan 1, 1956
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    Male
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    A member of the Unix team that was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs and Inferno operating systems, as well as the Limbo programming language and has written many text editors such as SAM and ACME
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