Rob Pike

Rob Pike
Distinguished Engineer, Google, Inc.

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Rob Pike is a Distinguished Engineer at Google, Inc. He works on distributed systems, data mining, programming languages, and software development tools. Before Google, Rob was a member of the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs, the lab that developed Unix. While there, he worked on computer graphics, user interfaces, languages, concurrent programming, and distributed systems. He was an architect of the Plan 9 and Inferno operating systems and is the co-author with Brian Kernighan of The Unix Programming Environment and The Practice of Programming. Other details of his life appear on line but vary in veracity.

Sessions

Go
Event
Location: F150_El Camp
This session is part of Emerging Languages Camp.
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Go's approach to concurrency differs from that of many languages, even those (such as Erlang) that make concurrency central, yet it has deep roots. The path from Hoare's 1978 paper to Go provides insight into how and why Go works as it does. Read more.
Keynote
Location: Portland Ballroom
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.02, 52 ratings)
Object-oriented programming began, back in the 1960s with Simula, as a way to describe the behavior of interacting items - objects. It was purified through languages such as Smalltalk, in which everything is an object and every operation a message send, a clear and beautiful model. But then something went very wrong. Read more.
Tools & Techniques
Location: D133
Tags: languages, go
Rob Pike (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 28 ratings)
A while back, it seemed that type-driven object-oriented languages such as C++ and Java had taken over. They still dominate education. Yet the last few years have seen a number of different languages reach prominence, often of very different styles: Python, Ruby, Scala, Erlang, Haskell, Lua, and many more. Surely there are enough languages. Yet new ones keep appearing. Why? And why now? Read more.
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