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 A.9 Major Contributors to 'gawk'
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      Always give credit where credit is due.
                             -- _Anonymous_
 
    This minor node names the major contributors to 'gawk' and/or this
 Info file, in approximate chronological order:
 
    * Dr. Alfred V. Aho, Dr. Peter J. Weinberger, and Dr. Brian W.
      Kernighan, all of Bell Laboratories, designed and implemented Unix
      'awk', from which 'gawk' gets the majority of its feature set.
 
    * Paul Rubin did the initial design and implementation in 1986, and
      wrote the first draft (around 40 pages) of this Info file.
 
    * Jay Fenlason finished the initial implementation.
 
    * Diane Close revised the first draft of this Info file, bringing it
      to around 90 pages.
 
    * Richard Stallman helped finish the implementation and the initial
      draft of this Info file.  He is also the founder of the FSF and the
      GNU Project.
 
    * John Woods contributed parts of the code (mostly fixes) in the
      initial version of 'gawk'.
 
    * In 1988, David Trueman took over primary maintenance of 'gawk',
      making it compatible with "new" 'awk', and greatly improving its
      performance.
 
    * Conrad Kwok, Scott Garfinkle, and Kent Williams did the initial
      ports to MS-DOS with various versions of MSC.
 
    * Pat Rankin provided the VMS port and its documentation.
 
    * Hal Peterson provided help in porting 'gawk' to Cray systems.
      (This is no longer supported.)
 
    * Kai Uwe Rommel provided the initial port to OS/2 and its
      documentation.
 
    * Michal Jaegermann provided the port to Atari systems and its
      documentation.  (This port is no longer supported.)  He continues
      to provide portability checking, and has done a lot of work to make
      sure 'gawk' works on non-32-bit systems.
 
    * Fred Fish provided the port to Amiga systems and its documentation.
      (With Fred's sad passing, this is no longer supported.)
 
    * Scott Deifik formerly maintained the MS-DOS port using DJGPP.
 
    * Eli Zaretskii currently maintains the MS-Windows port using MinGW.
 
    * Juan Grigera provided a port to Windows32 systems.  (This is no
      longer supported.)
 
    * For many years, Dr. Darrel Hankerson acted as coordinator for the
      various ports to different PC platforms and created binary
      distributions for various PC operating systems.  He was also
      instrumental in keeping the documentation up to date for the
      various PC platforms.
 
    * Christos Zoulas provided the 'extension()' built-in function for
      dynamically adding new functions.  (This was obsoleted at 'gawk'
      4.1.)
 
    * Ju"rgen Kahrs contributed the initial version of the TCP/IP
      networking code and documentation, and motivated the inclusion of
      the '|&' operator.
 
    * Stephen Davies provided the initial port to Tandem systems and its
      documentation.  (However, this is no longer supported.)  He was
      also instrumental in the initial work to integrate the byte-code
      internals into the 'gawk' code base.  Additionally, he did most of
      the work enabling the pretty-printer to preserve and output
      comments.
 
    * Matthew Woehlke provided improvements for Tandem's POSIX-compliant
      systems.
 
    * Martin Brown provided the port to BeOS and its documentation.
      (This is no longer supported.)
 
    * Arno Peters did the initial work to convert 'gawk' to use GNU
      Automake and GNU 'gettext'.
 
    * Alan J. Broder provided the initial version of the 'asort()'
      function as well as the code for the optional third argument to the
      'match()' function.
 
    * Andreas Buening updated the 'gawk' port for OS/2.
 
    * Isamu Hasegawa, of IBM in Japan, contributed support for multibyte
      characters.
 
    * Michael Benzinger contributed the initial code for 'switch'
      statements.
 
    * Patrick T.J. McPhee contributed the code for dynamic loading in
      Windows32 environments.  (This is no longer supported.)
 
    * Anders Wallin helped keep the VMS port going for several years.
 
    * Assaf Gordon contributed the code to implement the '--sandbox'
      option.
 
    * John Haque made the following contributions:
 
         - The modifications to convert 'gawk' into a byte-code
           interpreter, including the debugger
 
         - The addition of true arrays of arrays
 
         - The additional modifications for support of
           arbitrary-precision arithmetic
 
         - The initial text of ⇒Arbitrary Precision Arithmetic
 
         - The work to merge the three versions of 'gawk' into one, for
           the 4.1 release
 
         - Improved array internals for arrays indexed by integers
 
         - The improved array sorting features were also driven by John,
           together with Pat Rankin
 
    * Panos Papadopoulos contributed the original text for ⇒Include
      Files.
 
    * Efraim Yawitz contributed the original text for ⇒Debugger.
 
    * The development of the extension API first released with 'gawk' 4.1
      was driven primarily by Arnold Robbins and Andrew Schorr, with
      notable contributions from the rest of the development team.
 
    * John Malmberg contributed significant improvements to the OpenVMS
      port and the related documentation.
 
    * Antonio Giovanni Colombo rewrote a number of examples in the early
      chapters that were severely dated, for which I am incredibly
      grateful.  He also provided and maintains the Italian translation.
 
    * Marco Curreli, together with Antonio Colombo, translated this Info
      file into Italian.  It is included in the 'gawk' distribution.
 
    * Juan Manuel Guerrero took over maintenance of the DJGPP port.
 
    * Arnold Robbins has been working on 'gawk' since 1988, at first
      helping David Trueman, and as the primary maintainer since around
      1994.
 
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