Developers Reflect on Steve Jobs

by Cynthia Harvey

Several coders offer their thoughts about the life and death of Apple's former CEO.

Numerous developers have been paying their respects to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Here are some noteworthy remembrances:

  • "Apple cannot replace him, and I don't think that they should try. He was a messiah." -- James Gosling, creator of Java
  • "He recognized that technology was art, and that developers were artists -- that hardware and software were not just intellectual exercises for 'techies' but should be visceral expressions of that passion." -- Jim Jagielski, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation
  • "He gave developers a masterpiece to aspire to. No longer was it okay to ship something with bad design." -- Prashant Sridharan, vice president of Corensic
  • "His passion for simplicity, elegance, and beauty -- even in the invisible -- was and is an inspiration for all software developers." -- Grady Booch, co-creator of the Unified Modeling Language
  • "He showed us that building great software wasn't enough; you also had to improve the lives of the user." -- Theo Schlossnagle, CEO of OmniTI

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This article was originally published on Friday Oct 7th 2011
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