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Anders Hejlsberg

 

Brief Description: Genius behind the Turbo Pascal compiler, subsequently "Father of C#"

Further Details:

Anders Hejlsberg, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and chief architect of C#, is one of the most successful developers in the IT cosmos in recent times.

One of Borland's first employees, he was the original author of Turbo Pascal; later he worked as the chief architect of the Delphi product line. In 1996 he joined Microsoft, and played a pivotal role in the development and design of Visual J++ and the Windows Foundation Classes.

Then he worked on COM+, followed by the VS.NET Framework team.

Over the past 7 years, as one of only 20 Distinguished Engineers at Microsoft, he has distinguished himself still further, as the brains behind the creation of C# - the first component-oriented programming language in the C and C++ family to combine the power of those languages with the functional ease of modern, rapid application development tools.

Anders, who is Danish, originally studied engineering at the Technical University of Denmark.

 

Other SYS-CON stories about Anders Hejlsberg:

A Talk with the Father of C#
[The interview appeared in .NET Developer's Journal, Vol 1 issue 1]

Exclusive Interview with Anders Hejlsberg: Getting Reacquainted with the Father of C#
Published Mar. 18, 2005

 

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Agility Pays 12/09/04 03:34:19 AM EST

There are bound to be glaring omissions in any list. It would have been good to see a few more names from the 17 developers who met in Feb 2001 to discuss problems in software development and who devised the so-called "Agile Manifesto." I see that Martin Fowler is here but what about Kent Beck, Alistair Cockburn, Ron Jeffries, Robert "Uncle bob" Martin, and Dave Thomas - people who have all made substantial contributions to software development?

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