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Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by princejude(m): 2:16pm On Jun 18
Answered October 3, 2020 · Upvoted by Timothy Johnson, PhD, Computer Science

I’ve seen a great many Computer Scientists talked about, and I think many are ultra talented. But I’d like to throw a name into the hat of who I consider to be (arguably) the best programmer of our time, as the question goes.



John Carmack

He pretty much defined doing a lot with a little in the gaming industry. For those unfamiliar, he was the co-founder and lead programmer for id Software - Wikipedia

The depth of cleverness and efficiency that went into games and engines sort of one after another (notably Doom and Quake) is just staggering. Doing everything from the engine, graphics, and with quake, the tcp/ip layer.

I know more than one person who went into software specifically because of inspiration from Carmack.

There is more to read about Carmack than would fit in a single answer, but there’s a ton of links in his John Carmack - Wikipedia page. From the games, to some of the algorithms he wrote, he was just absolutely irreplaceable. A truly stellar programmer.
Re: Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by princejude(m): 2:17pm On Jun 18
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Re: Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by ehinorlive: 2:21pm On Jun 18
princejude:
Answered October 3, 2020 · Upvoted by Timothy Johnson, PhD, Computer Science

I’ve seen a great many Computer Scientists talked about, and I think many are ultra talented. But I’d like to throw a name into the hat of who I consider to be (arguably) the best programmer of our time, as the question goes.



John Carmack

He pretty much defined doing a lot with a little in the gaming industry. For those unfamiliar, he was the co-founder and lead programmer for id Software - Wikipedia

The depth of cleverness and efficiency that went into games and engines sort of one after another (notably Doom and Quake) is just staggering. Doing everything from the engine, graphics, and with quake, the tcp/ip layer.

I know more than one person who went into software specifically because of inspiration from Carmack.

There is more to read about Carmack than would fit in a single answer, but there’s a ton of links in his John Carmack - Wikipedia page. From the games, to some of the algorithms he wrote, he was just absolutely irreplaceable. A truly stellar programmer.
stop comparism

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Re: Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by parkervero(m): 9:48pm On Jun 18
Being a computer scientist does not make you a great programmer. Take note.
Re: Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by princejude(m): 7:25am On Jun 19
They should have said the best game programmer, not the best programmer of our time. If he knows how to code games, does he know how to code other types of programming.
Re: Who Is The Best Programmer Of Our Time? by tope6217: 6:58pm On Jun 19
Na boss dey code game

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