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Re: In praise of Jim Blandy.

From: Jim Blandy <jimb_at_redhat.com>
Date: 2004-02-23 23:23:54 CET

kfogel@collab.net writes:

> Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@collab.net> writes:
> > I also think we should throw some praise toward Jim Blandy. Even
> > though he's not an active svn developer anymore, he's really the
> > "great grandfather" of this project. Before there was any code or
> > slides, Subversion was just a twinkle in his eye. He not only named
> > the project, but conceived the design of the repository. The project
> > will always be his baby in some sense. Thanks, Jim.
> Yes! It's a testament to the solidity of Jim's design that, even
> three years after he stopped doing active development, Subversion
> still looks basically as he envisioned it.
> For those who don't know: Subversion's repository model, with the
> revision numbers and the trees and the shared storage and the
> "directory bubble-up" and all that, is Jim Blandy's creation. It has
> been tweaked only slightly since he came up with it. Also, the delta
> editor interface, another fundamental part of Subversion, was Jim's
> idea, and he designed its interface as well.
> I guess I want to say all this because there aren't commits today
> keeping Jim's name in front of the dev and user community. If you
> joined the project now, you might never know how much he contributed.
> Jim works full time on GDB at Red Hat now; he also worked on Emacs for
> a long time. So next time you're stepping through Subversion code in
> the GNU Debugger inside Emacs GUD mode, remember: It's Jim's world,
> you're just livin' in it :-).

*snif* That's way too much credit --- but thanks.

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