TITLE: No More Bugs AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 30, 2010 5:08 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Maurice Wilkes, one of computer science's pioneers, passed away yesterday at the grand age of 97. Wilkes spent most of his career working on computer systems, so I never studied his work in the detail that I studied Backus's or Floyd's. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the EDSAC, the first practical (if slow!) stored program computer, in May 1949. Wilkes also had an undeniable impact on programming as the primary developer of the idea of microprogramming, whereby the CPU is controlled by a program stored in ROM. Finally, every programmer must hold a special place in his or her heart for this, Wilkes's most quoted aphorism:
... the realization came over me that a good part of my life was going to be spent finding errors in my own programs.
All programmers have their Wilkes Moment sooner or later. -----