Richard Morris is a journalist, author and public relations/public affairs consultant.
He has written for a number of UK and US newspapers and magazines and has offered strategic advice to numerous tech companies including Digital Island, Sony and several ISPs. He now specialises in social enterprise and is, among other things, a member of the Big Issue Invest advisory board. Big Issue Invest is the leading provider to high-performing social enterprises & has a strong brand name based on its parent company The Big Issue, described by McKinsey & Co as the most well known and trusted social brand in the UK.
Founder of machine intelligence research company Fast Forward Labs, Hilary Mason is the Data-Scientist-in-residence at Accel, and the former Chief Scientist at bitly. She is famous for proving that social media users like to share breaking news and current events, but are more likely to read inane gossip, watch sneezing pandas, or play online games.… Read more20 March 2016
Martin Odersky is a German computer scientist who specializes in code analysis and programming languages. He is most famous for designing the Scala programming language, but was also involved in creating Generic Java and Pizza, as well as building the current generation of javac, the Java compiler.… Read more05 March 2016
Roberto Ierusalimschy together with Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo, and Waldemar Celes, wrote Lua. Lua is widely used in video games such as World of Warcraft and Angry Birds, and is now regularly ranked amongst the most-used computer languages… Read more15 February 2016
Barbara Liskov is one of the great pioneers of Computer Science, She was one of the first US women to achieve a PhD in computing and is the inventor of two computer languages, as well as contributing a number of ideas to system design, especially related to data abstraction, program methodology, object-oriented design, fault tolerance, and distributed computing… Read more05 February 2016
Before the advent of PowerShell in Windows, we reached for AWK for those information-processing tasks that required just simple code of a few lines. AWK, and the principles that were embedded in it, became the bedrock of many languages that followed, including Perl. It was created by Alfred Aho, Peter Weinberger and Brian Kernighan; and it was included in the UNIX distribution. We a asked Alfred Aho how it all came about.… Read more05 February 2016
Matlab was never intended as a commercial product when it was first created by Chris Moler while he was a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of New Mexico to help his students with matrix maths. It has since been developed into a more general computer language, and has become immensely popular. We were intrigued as to how and why Matlab came about so we asked Chris Moler.… Read more05 February 2016
David Fitzjarrell is well known amongst Oracle developers for his knowledge of database performance tuning and problem solving/resolution. He is an Oracle ACE, and an Oracle DBA Group Lead. He is the prinipal author of "Oracle Exadata Survival Guide", from Apress.… Read more27 January 2016
Nowadays we see Flash as a rather tiresome relic, because we can now achieve almost the same results by using HTML5. When it was first introduced it was a godsend to anyone needing to produce complex effects on a browser. Even today, many popular programs use Flash. We spoke to Jonathan Gay, one of the co-founders of Flash, to understand some of the history behind this groundbreaking framework… Read more21 January 2016
Although most of the geeks of the IT industry are famous for their software, it was the geeky entrepreneurs that changed society by bringing cheap microcomputers to the market. Sir Clive Sinclair is most famous for applying his background in electronic engineering to provide a whole generation, both in America and Europe, with their first taste of programming.… Read more14 December 2015
The BASH shell is the most popular UNIX command-line scriptable shell. It became the inspiration for PowerShell. As with so many standard components of the Open Source movement, there is a hard-working and dedicated individual who quietly supports the tool over many years. Chet Ramey maintains and extends BASH by himself, and we all give thanks to him for his dedication.… Read more14 July 2015
Philip Greenspun is probably best known to other geeks for his Tenth Rule of Programming: "Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp." Amongst the general public, he is most famous for founding ArsDigita and suffering the subsequent miseries that came from accepting venture capital.… Read more15 April 2015
Alan Cooper helped to debug the most widely-used PC language of the late seventies and early eighties, BASIC-E, and, with Keith Parsons, developed C-BASIC. He then went on to create Tripod, which morphed eventually into Visual Basic in 1991. Alan remains enthusiastic and interested in development with strong views on Agile and Pair Programming.… Read more09 April 2015
Why do programmers work best at night? Is this related to the idea that drinking alcohol improves cognitive ability? Is programming a young person's game? How do you tackle spaghetti code and avoid job-burnout? Swizek Teller has achieved fame in providing a wry commentary on these questions, and the way that computers have come to dominate our lives.… Read more06 February 2015
Conrad Wolfram is the 'younger Wolfram' of Wolfram Research, the company behind Wolfram|Alpha and Mathematica. He wants to transform the way in which we engage with mathematics. In particular, he would like to reform mathematics education to make greater use of information technology, and he is also leading the way with interactive publishing technology. … Read more22 August 2014
Chris Date is famous for his writings on relational theory. At IBM in the seventies, and afterwards, he was a friend and colleague of Edgar Codd, who invented the principles of the relational database. Chris took on the role of communicating and teaching Codd's relational theory, and reluctantly admits to a role in establishing SQL as the dominant relational language. Richard Morris interviews the well-known author and computer scientist… Read more19 August 2014
Bjarne Stroustrup devised C++ or 'C with Classes' in 1978. It has evolved a great deal over the decades and and it is still being used today for some of the most demanding programming tasks. Google has acknowledged their debt to the language, and referred to it as 'is the best-performing programming language in the market'. We spoke to Bjarne about the longevity of his creation and how C++ is likely to evolve further.… Read more10 March 2014
Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp, together with their small team of experts at SQLSkills.com, dominate the high-end training and consultancy for SQL Server. They help to maintain this domination by virtue of their popular public speaking, and writing. We sent Richard Morris to find out a bit more about Paul, his views about SQL Server, his lifestyle, ambitions and plans.… Read more17 September 2013
Richard Morris interviewed Michael Stoop, a database developer at Calvi, Europe's leading provider of Telecom Invoice Management software. The discussion focused on how Calvi transformed their database delivery process to accommodate massive database growth, statutory regulations, and developments in their application. Here's their story.… Read more07 August 2013
Ruby on Rails, the open-source web application framework, grew out of David Heinemeier Hansson's work on Basecamp at 37Signals. It is now so popular with developers that it has been shipped with Mac OSX since 2007, and has a dedicated Windows following. Rail's focus on software engineering patters and Agile philosophy were so intriguing that we decided that DHH should be Geek of the Week. … Read more
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