If you answered "Mr. Pascal," you'd be off by about 300 years! The mathematician Blaise Pascal, whose Pascal programming language is named after, died in 1662.
The Pascal programming language was invented by Niklaus Wirth, who had this funny thing to say about his name:
“Whereas Europeans generally pronounce my name the right way (‘Nick-louse Veert’), Americans invariably mangle it into ‘Nickel’s Worth.’ This is to say that Europeans call me by name, but Americans call me by value.”
Make Use Of blog has a very interesting article about Mr. Wirth, who also advocated the use of "lean" softwares:
In his article named “A Plea for Lean Software” [PDF] which was written by Wirth in 1995, he explains some of the issues with software development and why it’s important to create clean, organized code by quoting two “laws” that he believes reflect the business:
- Software expands to fill the available memory. (Parkinson)
- Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster. (Reiser)
Interesting ideas, considering the number of lines of code of some of the most used software today, seems to be growing larger even as the hardware grows smaller each day. For example:
- Basic had 4,000 lines of code in 1975, now it has over 2 million.
- The first version of Word had 27,000 lines of code. The current version of Office has over 30 million.
- Mac OS X is made of about 90 million lines of code.
- Windows 95 was made of 15 million lines of code, Windows 7 is made of over 50 million lines of code.
- A single game application for the iPhone, such as the “Unreal” game app has over 2 million lines of code.