He's also responsible for Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm, which plays an important part in modern network routing. The algorithm was published in the 50's and is still implemented in /senior level/ computer science courses nowadays.
On Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:25:25 -0400
Dave McGuire <Mcguire@...
> On 11/01/2012 08:17 PM, joshbensadon wrote:
> > Today I learned much about APL at the York University APL@50 Event.
> [much awesomeness snipped]
> > I don't know who Edsger Dijkstra is, or why he wrote "APL is a
> > mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the
> > future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new
> > generation of coding bums." In fact, he was quoted a few times with
> > negative comments. Does anyone have anything nice to say about him?
> > Who was he?
> Dijkstra was perhaps one of the most influential figures in computer
> science of all time. He was a Turing Award recipient, and invented the
> now-ubiquitous concept of the "semaphore" in computer programming,
> amongst lots and lots and lots of other stuff.
> Important guy. He died about ten years ago.
> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
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