Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung
i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?"
Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing
completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving
the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical
Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not
(yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do
to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see
end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve,
December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of
each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!
In alphabetical order the nominees are:
Tim Berner... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possib... (more)
Gene Amdahl: Implementer in the 60s of a milestone in computer technology:
the concept of compatibility between systems
Marc Andreessen: Pioneer of Mosaic, the first browser to navigate the WWW;
co-founder of Netscape
John Vincent Atanasoff: Inventor of an electronic computer in the late 1930s
not for fun or glory, but because he had problems for it to solve
Charles Babbage: Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in 1828;
inventor of the 'calculating machine'
John Backus: Inventor (with IBM) of FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslator) in 1956
Ralph Baer: "The man who invented video ga... (more)
According to SYS-CON Media's worldwide network of software development
activists, evangelists and executives - including the creator of Ruby on
Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson - 2006 promises to be a vintage year for
Take Microsoft, for example: A new client OS is on the way, Microsoft Vista,
due late in 2006, giving rise to the obvious question: will the new cool 3D
user interface be enough to move user to upgrade? We’ll see. Maybe the
new built-in security, performance features, and integrated search will be
enough to convince users – after ... (more)
2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will
'08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to
stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management
System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere
mega-mergers of 2007?
As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its
globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives,
commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth
of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not... (more)
When we encounter a java.lang.OutOfMemoryError, we often find that Java heap
dumps, along with other artifacts, are generated by the Java Virtual Machine.
If you feel like jumping right into a Java heap dump when you get a
java.lang.OutOfMemoryError, don't worry, it's a normal thought. You may be
able to discover something serendipitously, but it's not always the best idea
to analyze Java heap dumps, depending on the situation you are facing. We
first need to investigate the root cause of the java.lang.OutOfMemoryError.
Only after the root cause is identified can we decide whether... (more)