:demigod: n. A hacker with years of experience, a world-wide reputation, and a major role in the development of at least one design, tool, or game used by or known to more than half of the hacker community. To qualify as a genuine demigod, the person must recognizably identify with the hacker community and have helped shape it. Major demigods include Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (co-inventors of Unix } and C , Richard M. Stallman (inventor of EMACS , Larry Wall (inventor of Perl ), Linus Torvalds (inventor of Linux , and most recently James Gosling (inventor of Java, NeWS , and GOSMACS and Guido van Rossum (inventor of Python . In their hearts of hearts, most hackers dream of someday becoming demigods themselves, and more than one major software project has been driven to completion by the author's veiled hopes of apotheosis. See also net.god , true-hacker

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