Top Ten Programmers of All Time

Meet the world’s Top Ten Programmers out of the best ones that we have seen.

Programming is not easy. And it never was. But it is much easier to do simple computing tasks by using a programming language of your choice than it was about years ago. And the scenario was even worse before that time. But there were some programmers and computer enthusiasts who worked hard to provide the world better options in programming and to set a trend of continuous improvements in whatever was invented.

The evolution from Machine code to Assembly language to procedural languages like C to Object Oriented Languages like Java and other various types of programming languages(like scripting languages e.g. Javascript, Perl etc) is the result of that trend.

The list varies from great programmers of past to the ones which are still busy in ensuring a brighter future for computers.

1.Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie created the C programming language, which is one of the best programming languages. He also created the Unix Operating System along with his colleague Ken Thompson.
The C programming language revolutionized the Computer Field and led the foundation for the development of Programming languages more efficient than their predecessors.
While Unix made the base for The Linux Operating System which is widely used today.


2.Tim Beners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist and one of the greatest programmers. He had written the 3 fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): i.e. HTML, URL, HTTP.

Tim also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“”) and the first Web server (“httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was invented on the open internet, and in 1991, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new Web community.

3. Linus Torvalds

The man who created Linux Kernel. Linux operating system is a clone to the Unix operating system, written originally by Linus Torvalds and a loosely knit team of programmers all around the world.


4.James Gosling

James Gosling created Java, which is one of the most widely used Object Oriented programming languages used today. He created the main frame for Java and implemented the language’s original compiler and virtual machine.
He is also one of the most under-advertized programmers with only a few people know about him.


5. Richard Stallman

He founded the Free Software Foundation, developed the GNU Compiler Collection(GCC). Richard Stallman is the prophet of the free software movement. He understood the dangers of software patents years ago. Now that this has become a crucial issue in the world. He has hugely successful efforts to establish the idea of “Free Software”.

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6.Bjarne Stroustrup

In Bell Lab, he designed and implemented C++. Based on C and inspired by Simula, provides a set of general and flexible abstraction mechanisms that can be mapped directly and efficiently onto computer hardware. The open, flexible research atmosphere encouraged him to consider adapting concepts from Simula, which he had used in his Ph.D. thesis work, to C.


7.Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey (born November 19, 1976) is an American programmer and entrepreneur widely known as a co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and as the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.


8. Ken Thompson

One of the two programmers who created the Unix Operating System. Ken also invented the B programming language which was the direct predecessor of C programming language and also a foundation for it.

9. Bill Gates

Everyone knows him. He is the co founder and chair person of Microsoft Inc. He has brought the company to continually advance & improve software technology. He has made it easier, more cost-effective & more enjoyable to use computers. Microsoft is now the worldwide leader in software, services and the solutions that help people and business reach full potential.

He has a great role in all the advancements of Microsoft. He has been one of the key programmers for many products from Microsoft.

10. Mark Zuckerberg

He is the chairman, chief executive, and co-founder of the social networking website Facebook. Also he is a computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
And one of the programmers who are at the core of Facebook’s working.


In case you think we’ve missed someone, please remind us in the comments.

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Abhishek Awasthi
Abhishek Awasthi
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection -Mark Twain.


  1. Why does Mark appear in this list? He did a little programming when he founded Facebook in his late university years. The engineers currently working with Facebook are the one’s to pay tribute to.

    Mention the likes of Larry Page who did pretty and smart inventions of founding Google and designing it. Ooh, I almost forgot the current Google engineers who are after Google search AI technology.

  2. Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious man behind BitCoin.

    As others have already pointed out, it’s pretty stupid to assume that successful entrepreneurs like Gates, Dorsey or Zuckerberg belong in this ranking. Their main skill is to steal someone else’s idea and turn it into a successful business.

  3. I just don’t understand why Mark is there in the list, why ? It’s great that he did code in PHP to come out with friend’s idea Facebook, not even with his own idea. Keep him in the list of great entrepreneur, cause the way he managed the Facebook in market is really amazing, and even now coming with new things everyday. Don’t ever forget Larry Page, he made something which can’t be done so easily even now.Google


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