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Dave Cutler

 

Brief Description: The brains behind VMS; hired away by Microsoft for Windows NT

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One of only 14 "Distinguished Engineers" at Microsoft, which he joined in 1988, Dave Cutler is generally considered one of the top few programmers worldwide.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Cutler worked at DEC, where he designed and delivered several successful operating systems, including VAX/VMS, RSX-11M and VAXELN. In recognition of his significant contributions to the field, he was awarded membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 1993.

After arriving at Microsoft, he launched the Windows NT group and has since then led the development of three major releases of the product, now known as Windows 2000. In addition to leading the Windows 2000 team, Cutler contributed to the architecture of all parts of the system, and even wrote the kernel himself.

Originally from Dewitt, Michigan, he holds over 20 patents and is affiliate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Washington.

He is currently responsible for the design of the 64-bit release of Windows.

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Agility Pays 12/09/04 03:34:19 AM EST

There are bound to be glaring omissions in any list. It would have been good to see a few more names from the 17 developers who met in Feb 2001 to discuss problems in software development and who devised the so-called "Agile Manifesto." I see that Martin Fowler is here but what about Kent Beck, Alistair Cockburn, Ron Jeffries, Robert "Uncle bob" Martin, and Dave Thomas - people who have all made substantial contributions to software development?

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