Wouter van Oortmerssen

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Wouter van Oortmerssen
Known for programming languages, game programming

Wouter van Oortmerssen, also known as Aardappel (Dutch for potato), is a Dutch computer programmer notable for his work in game programming as well as having designed several programming languages.[1] He has a Masters degree in computational linguistics from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in computer science from the University of Southampton. Currently he is a professor for Software Development at the Guildhall of the Southern Methodist University.[2]

In the context of games, he has worked on Far Cry[2] and is the creator of the open source game engines Cube[2] and Cube 2.[3] Van Oortmerssen also created PanQuake[4] and Fisheye Quake[5] based on the Quake source code, and WadC,[6] a language for generating Doom levels.

Among his programming languages are Amiga E[7] and FALSE,[8] which contributed to enthusiasm for the esoteric programming language movement (inspiring the infamous brainfuck and Befunge languages).

Wouter van Oortmerssen is also known for the unusual names for his programming languages. Some of them can be quite entertaining.

Wouter van Oortmerssen is a humorous guy preferring strange names for his programming languages and often also programming examples.

Wouter van Oortmerssen also took the "St IGNUcius" photograph of Richard Stallman that appears on Stallman's website.[9]


  1. ^ Eugenia Loli-Queru (12 October 2001). "Interview: Wouter van Oortmerssen on SHEEP". osnews.com. OSNews. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Guildhall. "Faculty". smu.edu. Southern Methodist University. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cube 2: Sauerbraten". sauerbraten.org. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Wouter van Oortmerssen. "PanQuake". strlen.com. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Wouter van Oortmerssen. "Fisheye Quake". strlen.com. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Wouter van Oortmerssen. "WadC Editor". strlen.com. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Simon Goodwin, Robert Bryant. "Amiga - So the World May Know". amiga.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Wouter van Oortmerssen. "False Language". strlen.com. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Saint IGNUcius - Richard Stallman". 

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