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John Carmack The guy that wrote the engine for the Doom games, Wolfenstein, the Quake games, etc. Read Masters of Doom, it is a great history of what he and John Romero have done.


Steve Wozniak pretty much was apple's programming staff for the first bit.


Richard M. Stallman (RMS). While known recently for political rants about closed source software, in his day he was quite the programmer. He single handedly kept up with commercial lisp machine code for quite some time. Emacs and gcc are some of the things he created. There's a great description of him in the book in Hackers by Steven Levy.


The later you test, the more it costs to write tests. The longer a bug lives, the more expensive it is to fix. The law of diminishing returns ensures you can test yourself into oblivion trying to ensure there are no bugs. Buddha taught the wisdom of the middle path. Tests are good. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The key is being ...


I agree with the rest of the answers but to answer the what is the time difference question directly. Roy Osherove in his book The Art of Unit Testing, Second Edition page 200 did a case study of implementing similarly sized projects with similar teams (skill wise) for two different clients where one team did testing while the other one did not. His ...


Bill Joy - wrote vi as well as csh, rlogin, rsh, and rcp


John Resig, creator of the jQuery javascript framework.


First of all, make use of tools to check as much as you can. Tests (backed up with some reasonable code coverage) will give you some confidence of the correctness of the code. Static analysis tools can catch a lot of best practice things. There will always be issues that you need human eyes on to determine though and you will never do as good a job reviewing ...


Bram Cohen, at least his little project is now causing 50% of all internet traffic[citation needed].


Yukihiro Matsumoto did deliver a lot of Ruby all by himself. Ruby's popular now, and lots of people have contributed to it, but he did single-handedly start the ball rolling.


Oren Eini aka Ayende Rahien, author of Rhino Mocks and other great open source tools. His is some of the best and most elegant code around.


If you use decentralized source control (Mercurial or Git or Bazaar or whatever), you get advantages overs SVN/CVS that makes it easy, useful and powerful to use in cas you're indy : You commit locally : your project dir is your repo with FULL history. So you don't have to have a server, you commit directly in your repo, and you can have several repos in ...


Take a look into the Code Review Stack Exchange site. It is for sharing code from projects you are working on for peer review: Code Review Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for seeking peer review of your code. We're working together to improve the skills of programmers worldwide by taking working code and making it better. If you are ...


I try to always. How many times do you look back and think, "Man what was I doing when I made this change." I do all the time. 30 seconds of writing a message can save you 20 minutes worth of work trying to remember.


Jamie Zawinski (links to one of the most epic stories in the history of computer science)


_why has contributed some cool stuff to the Ruby community : Hpricot , HTML parser Shoes , GUI toolkit Camping , microframework ... and many more :)


By doing test-driven development By developing in small sprints By having a lot of contact with the customer I remember reading a thesis about Cowboy Development, that is essentialy Agile for solo developers, but I can't remember where I found it.


Read this article for example, starting twowards the middle at about the place where it says, ... the privately held company Celera appeared on the verge of beating the combined scientific teams of the rest of the world to the goal of sequencing the human genome. Celera's approach was less rigorous but faster than the Human Genome Project's approach, and ...


If you are enjoying your work and only missing knowledge sharing, consider joining an open source project instead of changing the job. Unless you already know the people you will be working with, you have no idea whether the grass will be greener on the other side.

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