I’m a programmer. I write games. Games programmers get a lot of respect, but none of them, not me, not Carmak, and not Abrash. None of them deserve the honour which I want to bestow on David Horne. This is because David Horne wrote the greatest program ever written: 1k chess on the ZX81.
David Horne is not an urban myth.
David Horne achieved what many would even now consider impossible. He wrote a chess game, with AI, that ran on a poorly documented, buggy machine that contained only 1k of memory.
Sometimes I feel like these kinds of programmers are a dying breed.
The programmers live on. They just don’t work their magic on what most of us consider computers these days. Real magic is still happening on more limited hardware like micro-controllers (like Arduino) and SBC’s like the Raspberry Pi.