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献身计算机科学  

2008-12-31 14:18:46|  分类: 随想 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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献身计算机科学 - 氷河 - 氷河/LispWorks 5.1.2

2008 年的最后一天,让我们来缅怀一下两位已不在人世的计算机科学家。

1990 年,Wengyik Yeong 发表了一篇题为《SNMP Query Language》的论文,介绍了他关于将 SNMP 查询封装在 high-level SQL-like 查询语法中的想法。我是通过 Papers 软件搜索 SNMP 研究领域前人论文的时候无意中在 CiteSeer 系统上找到的。这篇论文与我在上一篇 blog 里提到的想法不谋而合,不过人家比我早了 18 年提出来。我感到一丝遗憾,一个伟大的思路被别人抢了先,但所幸的是此后没有一个 SNMP 软件真正实现了这一想法,所以 18 年后的今天,轮到我来继续这个工作了。

可惜当我试图联系此人询问该领域进展的时候,却惊闻他去年已经挂了。Wikipedia 上是这样介绍的:

Wengyik Yeong

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wengyik Yeong
BornJuly 281966
Georgetown, PenangMalaysia
DiedOctober 2007
Lower Paxton, Pennsylvania
CitizenshipUnited States of America
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsPSINet
Alma materRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Known forLightweight Directory Access Protocol

Wengyik 'Weng' Yeong (1966 – October, 2007[1]) was an American computer scientist. He is principally known for his work on the X.500LDAP, and SNMP Internet protocols[2].

He also authored and edited several Internet Engineering Task Force Requests for comments (RFCs), including the original specification for LDAP[3].

[edit]References

  1.     PennLive.com: Obituaries and Death Notices"Harrisburg Patriot-News2007-10-16. Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  2. Adelstein, Tom (2006-10-29). "   LDAP Series Part III - The Historical Secrets"Linux Journal. Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  3.     RFC 1777 - Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

原来他还是 X.500 目录服务标准和 LDAP 协议的最初制订者,看到这里我不禁对此人肃然起敬。1966 年生,2007 年卒,算起来享年不过 41 岁,可谓英年早逝。不过能被后人尊称为 “计算机科学家”,名字写在 Wikipedia 上,也算是一种毕生努力换来的荣誉吧。我和此人的研究方向基本相同,他未完成的遗志,由我来继续吧。但愿我可以向 Lisp 发明人 John McCarthy 那样长寿,可以在 1959 年的时候发明 Lisp 语言,然后今年,Lisp 50 周年庆的时候,还活着。50 年的科研寿命不是人人都能享有的。

另一位不幸逝世的是 Thiemo Seufer,昨天 Debian 项目发布新闻沉痛悼念这位活跃的 Debian 开发团队成员。这位可怜的哥们是因车祸而死的:

Debian mourns the loss of Thiemo Seufer

December 29th, 2008

The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Thiemo Seufer died on December 26th in a tragic car accident.

Thiemo was involved in Debian in many ways. He has maintained several packages and was the main supporter of the Debian port to the MIPS architectures. He was also a member of our kernel team, as well as a member of the Debian Installer team. His contributions reached far beyond the Debian project. He also worked on the MIPS port of the Linux kernel, the MIPS emulation of qemu, and far too many smaller projects to be named here.

Thiemo's work, dedication, broad technical knowledge and ability to share this with others will be missed. The contributions of Thiemo will not be forgotten. The high standards of Thiemos work make it hard to pick up.

To honour his contributions to Debian, the project decided to dedicate the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny to Thiemo.

The funeral service will be held on Monday January 5th 2009, 13:30 at the Dominikanerkirche in Bad Wimpfen. If you want to express your condolences please send mail to ths-condolence@linutronix.de . It will be passed on to Thiemo's family.

作为 Debian 项目多年的受益者之一,在此谨表示哀悼。我觉得自己也应该努力申请加入 Debian 团队,帮助维护至少 Lisp 相关的一些软件包,为帮助人们更好地使用 Debian GNU/Linux 操作系统,做出自己的一份贡献。


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