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Who is your messiah?

Some of the regulars here like to quote Eric Sink, Paul Graham, and Joel Spolsky so much, it makes me wonder whether or not they've got little shrines on their desks in reverance of their favorite software deity.

So I thought, which one is the most popular?

(Since I'm too lazy to go over to surveymonkey and set up a poll, just post your answer in the replies here)

Python, Monty
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Whoever pays me :-)

Code Monkey
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Who cares...

...
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Whichever one agrees with and has provided a handy quote for whichever point I'm trying to make at the time.

Greg Hurlman
Thursday, August 05, 2004

None of them strike me as great people.  They all have big, fragile egos.  They're all millionaires.  Who cares about them?  What people here should be concentrating on is how to break them.


Thursday, August 05, 2004

Christ, that's a no-brainer.  Joel is a Jew; I choose Joel to be messiah.

God
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Satan?

Sassy
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sassy?

Satan
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Fred Brooks (mythical man month) and Ted Nelson (inventor of hypertext)

MilesArcher
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Homer Simpson

THE APEMAN
Thursday, August 05, 2004

MUPPET!

SOUND OF MUSIC
Thursday, August 05, 2004

JOE

I MUST SORT
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sathyaish Chakravarthy

Alardo
Thursday, August 05, 2004

I second Sathyaish Chakravarthy.

Old Fashioned Keyboard Warrior
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Good! You spelled it right.

Alex
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Who's Sathyaish Chakravarthy?

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, August 05, 2004

I'm more inclined to cite Jamie Zawinski, Philip Greenspun or, er, Peter Van Roy. But then, I'm a Language weenie.

alricb
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Ehud Lamm.

Kalani
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sathyaish Chakravarthy for President!

just say no to muppet
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Michael Delaney.  He really stuck it to Erich Stahler on the last lap in "Le Mans".

David Cutler, the father of VMS and NT, is right up there as well.

Mitch & Murray (from Downtown)
Friday, August 06, 2004

He's not your messiah. He's a naughty boy. (Can't resist quoting the original Life of Brian.)


Friday, August 06, 2004

I like Ted Nelson, too, but he didn't invent hypertext.  He named it.  Vannevar Bush envisioned it and Douglas Engelbart implemented it before Ted named it.

Alas, the last I heard, Nelson is still chasing a Xanadu that will never ever amount to anything, even though in large part all his visions have come to pass.  (Among other things, he predicted Internet porn, cybercafes, and maybe even blogs, long before the invention of HTML and HTTP -- inventions inspired by his vision of a world-wide...  web of information.) 

But the world took his dreams and moved on.  He imagined a closed, proprietary web that his business would own, a monopolistic franchise empire not unlike Microsoft's vision of the future web.  He imagined a micropayment-driven, digital rights management regime with a little bit skimmed off the top of every transaction, going right into his pockets.

But the real future of content and hypertext was free, and open, in a hippie love-fest that would suit most of Nelson's views about software *other* than the software powering his Microsoftian dream of monopoly.

Microsoft, of course, wants to change all that -- the free and open part, I mean.  It's way too late for Nelson and Xanadu, but it may not be too late for Longhorn.  It's going to be one hell of an interesting fight...  or maybe, just maybe, it will end quickly and quietly.

Or perhaps it will be a long twilight struggle, like Nelson's quest for Xanadu.

Phillip J. Eby
Friday, August 06, 2004

The Gourd! Follow the Gourd!

Clutch Cargo
Friday, August 06, 2004

"And I say he is The Messiah.  And I should know, I've followed a few."

- John Cleese, "Life of Brian"

Mitch & Murray (from Downtown)
Friday, August 06, 2004

Laa Illaaha IlAllooh
wa Muhammadur Rasululloh

(There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Prophet)

George Bush
Friday, August 06, 2004

"Only good one is a dead one ... "

- GWB

Mitch & Murray (from Downtown)
Friday, August 06, 2004

Eric Cartman. And you are just a bunch of tree-hugging hippies!

Daniel
Friday, August 06, 2004

Kristen Nygaard. Inventer of object orientation and leader of the successful 'No' side in the last referendum in Norway against their joining the E.U.

Sadly he died in 2002.

http://heim.ifi.uio.no/~kristen/

Harvey Pengwyn
Friday, August 06, 2004

George, you didn't get it right again, that must read
  There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his puppet

Kerry
Friday, August 06, 2004

My dad, the father of numerical analysis and reliable computing.

sir_flexalot
Friday, August 06, 2004

>Who's Sathyaish Chakravarthy?

Who's not Sathyaish Chakravarthy?


Friday, August 06, 2004

Jim Butterfield

Scott
Friday, August 06, 2004

Who's your momma?

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, August 06, 2004

lately?  carmack....

Kenny
Friday, August 06, 2004

Yeah, gotta go with the Jewish Carpenter answer here.  None of the "programming gurus" listed here are going to revolutionize much of anthing. They are going to make a lot of noise and get a lot of attention, and then you're going to keep on doing what you've been doing, maybe with a few changes.

As far as people who really inspire me and change the way I write code? Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie. Every time I open "The C Programming Language" I remember the simple elegance that attracted me to the language in the first place.

Clay Dowling
Friday, August 06, 2004

"Among other things, he predicted Internet porn"

gee, who couldn't have predicted that???  I'll go on record right now saying that if there's a next big communication medium down the road, porn will find it's way to it.

 
Friday, August 06, 2004

I predict Internet based, virtual reality sex: find the babe you you want, and give her a good f*** (as Chris Finch http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/characters/profile_finchy.shtml would say "one up the bum, no harm done").

I'm not the messiah
Friday, August 06, 2004

The Jewish Carpenter, you sickos. :-) He will be around long after software, C, .Net, ODBC, and Xeon processors are so much toxic landfill leaching lead and arsenic into the groundwater.

I mean, what's the timeframe we're talking about? Joel's blog, 3 years old or so... Christianity, 2K+ and running....

(Satan was a good answer too if you're from that other side... :-) )

Bored Bystander
Friday, August 06, 2004

I follow no one.

j35u5
Friday, August 06, 2004

Does God really post to this forum or was somebody just making a funny?

Mark
Friday, August 06, 2004

I read "Out of their Minds" a few years ago - quite a few good candidates for binary messiah in there...

http://www.copernicusbooks.com/Detail.tpl?cart=17902914375182&ISBN=0387982698

Of that group, I'd probably vote for Knuth.  (Can you even vote for messiah?  Is it an elected position?)

And I know Java ain't everyone's cup of tea (so to speak :-), but that Bill Joy seems awfully awfully bright to me.

- former car owner in Queens
Friday, August 06, 2004

"Does God really post to this forum or was somebody just making a funny?"

He used to quite a lot but people started criticizing him so he stopped posting.

 
Friday, August 06, 2004

Sorry! I was busy playing with my cat. Also, I have a new toy. It is called a pencil. Oh! you wanted to know who is the messiah? Sorry! I have to finish this crossword. Oh! It's raining again!

God
Friday, August 06, 2004

Sorry dude, God doesn't have an e-mail address.  The underline under your name is a giveaway.

Luke
Friday, August 06, 2004

I do.

God
Friday, August 06, 2004

Nope!  God doesn't have email.  He occasionally posts to forums, but no e-mail.  I should know.

Satan
Friday, August 06, 2004

I just realised most of this board have never seen Life of Brian and possibly not even any Monty Python. Oh the tragedy.


Friday, August 06, 2004

Bill Joy??  I heard Joy give a talk at a conference and I can assure you he's a dolt.

So help me me.

God
Friday, August 06, 2004

Anyone reading biography of Queen Noor? Excellent, plus it
takes place in the same area where Brian lived (and died).

VPC
Friday, August 06, 2004

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