On May 26, 1949 was born Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham. He is an American programmer who developed the first wiki and was a co-author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. A pioneer in both design patterns and extreme programming, he started coding the WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the website of the software consultancy he started with his wife, Karen, Cunningham & Cunningham (commonly known by its domain name, c2.com), on March 25, 1995, as an add-on to the Portland Pattern Repository. He also invented Framework for Integrated Tests.
On May 27, 1969 was born Craig Federighi. He is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. Federighi oversees the development of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and Apple’s common operating system engineering teams. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple’s products, including the user interface, applications and frameworks.
On May 28, 1959 a committee formed to develop COBOL, or Common Business Oriented Language. The group of researchers drawn from several computer manufacturers and the Pentagon designed a program for business use that sought easy readability and as much machine independence as possible. Although programmer Howard Bromberg prematurely made a tombstone for COBOL out of fear that the language had no future, it continues to be used by businesses today. The tombstone is now part of the Computer History Museum’s collection.
On May 30, 1975 was born Marissa Ann Mayer. She is an American businesswoman and investor. She is an information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a position she held from July 2012. It was announced in January 2017 that she would step down from the company’s board upon the sale of Yahoo!’s operating business to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion. She would not join the newly combined company, now called Verizon Media (formerly Oath), and announced her resignation on June 13, 2017. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokeswoman for Google (employee #20)