Famous computer scientists using proportional fonts to program (Rob Pike & Bjarne Stroustrup use Lucida Grande) (2024-01-13)

Today I learned that “Bjarne uses Rob Pike’s Sam text editor, which by default uses a proportional font (Lucida).” This comes from a comment on Hacker News, so unclear how confident we can be in this statement.

On the other hand Rob Pike himself tweeted (tweet now deleted) that he programs Go with Lucida Grande.

I have been exploring (and rewriting) retro text editors as of late, so learning about Bjarne Stroustrup’s use of sam piqued my interest and I thought I’d capture this in my memex/breadcrumbs. I’d love to dig into sam’s source code (via codereading.org) as well as plan9’s acme.

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