Fran Allen’s Turing Award made me ponder future recipients. Most of the action in the software development world today rotates around business, not science. The Turing Award is supposed to honor technical contributions, not marketshare or business models. The problem with that is that “everything happened in the Golden Age (’64-’74), right?” Then I thought of an obvious candidate for a future Turing Award,someone who’s elegant programs and approaches have had a lasting and practical impact. Do you see?
Ward Cunningham is a time traveller from 1969!