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Bjarne Stroustrup

 

Brief Description: The designer and original implementor of C++

Further Details:

Danish-born Bjarne Stroustrup is the creator of C++, one of the most widely used languages that allows object-oriented programming. He also authored The C++ Programming Language and The Design and Evolution of C++.

Until recently he headed AT&T Labs's large-scale programming research department in New Jersey, though now he is the College of Engineering Chair Professor in Computer Science at Texas A&M University.

He retains a link with AT&T Labs Research as a member of the Information and Systems Software Research Lab.

Stroustrup was elected member of The National Academy of Engineering in 2004 and was given the IEEE Computer Society's 2004 Computer Entrepreneur Award. He is an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow and an AT&T Fellow. He is actively involved in the ANSI/ISO standardization of C++.

Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1950, he went on to study for a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cambridge University in England (1979).

Interviewed by LinuxWorld.com in 2001, Stroustrup was candid:

 

LinuxWorld.com: It seems that C++ has failed in one important frontier: language advocacy. Many people still mistakenly believe that C++ is inherently slower than C, and the media, often failing to acknowledge that C++ is the most widely used general-purpose programming language, focuses on other overhyped languages instead. Where did we go wrong and what can be done to fix this?

Bjarne Stroustrup: C++ succeeded spectacularly in advocacy where it initially mattered most: getting millions of programmers to use it. Amazingly, this was achieved with no organization and essentially no resources. This may have made the C++ community complacent, definitely fragmented, and vulnerable to hostile propaganda. I suspect that the real problem is that good code is invisible -- even to its users. Consider C++ programs such as Netscape and Internet Explorer. Corporations that produce software for real-world tasks -- such as telecommunications management, engine control, and simulations -- don't advertise which languages they use. Unfortunately, that leaves the image-making to software tools vendors and academics.

C++ never had the backing of a major vendor. Every major vendor pushes -- and always pushed -- some proprietary language over C++. C++ never had marketing clout; where marketing was done, it was mostly done by organizations selling something else (such as a software development environment) that happened to include C++. Also, the C++ community suffers from the very success of C++: It is clearly "the one to beat" and in today's heavily commercialized world, a fair fight is a rarity.

 

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