Kees writes: “Amiga.org interviewed Carl Sassenrath.
Carl Sassenrath is best known for his original design and implementation of the Amiga Multitasking Operating System released in 1985.
Check it our here“. Mr Sassenrath is also the Founder, CTO and Chairman of REBOL Technologies, a company which created the cross-platform REBOL messaging language and REBOL Internet Operating System.
How many developers were involved in the first AmigaOS release and how long did it take to finish it?
The project took about two years from start to release. But, that included a lot of other things, like debugging the hardware along the way, firing contractors who were not getting their work done, switching to new development environments, porting compilers, writing demos, and so much more.
At Amiga, the primary developers were: Dale, RJ, Neil, Kodiak, Jim, Bart, and myself.
Wow, that goes to show how much you can do with a small but talented group of people. The core of BeOS was also done by a handfull of people in a similar timeframe.
I’m sure the best application programs are basically written by one person, with a second to do the manual and maybe some plugins.