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A conversation with Dave Neary

Nov 30, 2011, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Dave Neary was at college in his native Ireland in the mid 1990s when he discovered free software. He had "managed to get through a maths degree doing very little programming", and went on to do a research degree in image analysis where the ability to program became an essential part of his work. He remembers 'turning to a friend and saying: 'I understand that these things are variables but what's the star thing in front of the variable name?' When he stopped laughing he told me, and that's how I discovered pointers.'

"'The piece of software I was working on would only compile on UNIX so I ran an X-Server on my Windows desktop until somebody said 'You're not using Windows. Why don't you just install Linux and be done with it?', and I had to say 'Linux, what's that?'"

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