|Born||1956 (age 61–62)|
|Known for||Plan 9, UTF-8, Go|
Robert "Rob" Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian programmer and author. He is best known for his work on Go (programming language) and 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.
Pike, with Brian Kernighan, is the co-author of The Practice of Programming and The Unix Programming Environment. With 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.
- The plumber – the interprocess communications mechanism used in Plan 9 and Inferno
- Mark V. Shaney – an artificial Usenet poster designed by Pike
- Rob (2006-06-11). "Command Center". Commandcenter.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
- McIlroy, M. D. (1987). A Research Unix reader: annotated excerpts from the Programmer's Manual, 1971–1986 (PDF) (Technical report). CSTR. Bell Labs. 139.
- "Penn and Teller Late Night With David Letterman". Retrieved 2016-12-13.
- Pike, Rob; Dorward, Sean; Griesemer, Robert; Quinlan, Sean (2005-01-01). "Interpreting the Data: Parallel Analysis with Sawzall". Scientific Programming. 13 (4): 227–298.
- "Renee French – A River Runs Through It – Artist Interview". WOW x WOW. 27 July 2015.
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- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Unix Legacy – Slides of his presentation at the commemoration of 1000000000 seconds of the Unix clock.
- Systems Software Research is Irrelevant (a.k.a. utah2000) slides
- Pike's personal homepage
- Pike's Google homepage
- Questions and Answers with Rob Pike by Robin "Roblimo" Miller (published in Slashdot in October 2004)
- on YouTube (Google Tech Talks May 9, 2007)
- Structural Regular Expressions by Rob Pike slides
- The history of UTF-8 as told by Rob Pike
- on YouTube