Robert Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian software engineer and author. He is best known for his work at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs and Inferno operating systems, as well as the Limbo programming language.
He also co-developed the
Blit graphical terminal for Unix; before that he wrote the first window system for Unix in 1981. Pike is the sole inventor named in AT&T's US patent 4,555,775 or " backing store patent" that is part of the X graphic system protocol and one of the first software patents. [1 ]
Over the years Pike has written many text editors;
sam and [2 ] acme are the most well known and are still in active use and development.
Brian Kernighan, is the co-author of and The Practice of Programming . With The Unix Programming Environment Ken Thompson he is the co-creator of UTF-8. Pike also developed lesser systems such as the vismon program for displaying images of faces of email authors.
Pike also appeared once on
, as a technical assistant to the comedy duo Late Night with David Letterman Penn and Teller.
As a joke Pike claims to have won the
1980 Olympic silver medal in Archery; however, Canada [3 ] boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Pike is married to
Renée French, and currently works for Google, where he is involved in the creation of the programming languages Go and Sawzall . [4 ]
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References [ edit ]
^ Rob (2006-06-11). "Command Center". Commandcenter.blogspot.com . Retrieved . 2013-06-25
^ McIlroy, M. D. (1987). (Technical report). CSTR. Bell Labs. 139. A Research Unix reader: annotated excerpts from the Programmer's Manual, 1971–1986
^ Rob Pike and Ken Thompson, "Hello World", Proceedings of the Winter 1993 USENIX Conference, pp. 43--50, San Diego, 1993.
^ Pike, Rob; Dorward, Sean; Griesemer, Robert; Quinlan, Sean (2005-01-01). "Interpreting the Data: Parallel Analysis with Sawzall". Scientific Programming 13 (4): 227–298.
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