Thought this was cool: Who is/was the most badass computer programmer?
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.
The paper tape has been on display at various museums :
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