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This distinction probably goes to Bill Gates who (with Paul Allen) wrote a Basic Interpreter for the Altair in 1975.

It fit into a mind-blowing 4K of memory.
An entire language, plus floating point arithmetic, in 4K of machine code.

An industry is born.   Did I mention Gates didn’t HAVE an Altair to test on?  (He used an emulator).

Ed Roberts, president of the company that made Altair (MITS), detested Gates.  Roberts took out a national magazine ad offering a bounty to anyone else who duplicate the feat.

Nobody could.  

The paper tape has been on display at various museums :

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Christopher Reiss on Quora:

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from Quora: http://www.quora.com/Programmers/Who-is-was-the-most-badass-computer-programmer/answer/Christopher-Reiss

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十二月 22, 2012 在 4:57 下午

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