SAN JOSE, Calif., April 12, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Anders Hejlsberg, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft, has been awarded Dr. Dobb's Journal's Excellence in Programming Award for 2000. Dr. Dobb's Journal presents the award annually to individuals who, in the spirit of innovation and cooperation, have made significant and lasting contributions to the advancement of software development. Hejlsberg was honored Wednesday evening at an awards ceremony at the Software Development 2001 West trade show for his many contributions to furthering programming language development, including Delphi, Turbo Pascal and, most recently, the C# (pronounced C sharp) programming language.
"I am incredibly proud of Anders' many accomplishments and want to congratulate him on this great award," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. "Anders' efforts to create C# will change the way software is built and delivered over the next decades."
Hejlsberg joined Microsoft in 1996 and was promoted in 1999 to distinguished engineer, a title held by only 16 people at Microsoft. He is the chief designer of the C# programming language and a key participant in the development of the Microsoft .NET Framework. Hejlsberg has also represented Microsoft in ECMA, where C# and the .NET Framework have been submitted by Microsoft for standardization. Before his work on C# and the .NET Framework, Hejlsberg was an architect for the Visual J++ development system and the Windows Foundation Classes. Before joining Microsoft, Hejlsberg was one of the first employees of Borland International Inc. As principal engineer, he was the original author of Turbo Pascal and later worked as the chief architect of the Delphi product line. Anders studied engineering at the Technical University of Denmark.
"Every year, Dr. Dobb's Journal honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the art and craft of computer programming," said Jonathan Erickson, editor in chief of Dr. Dobb's Journal. "As we were reflecting on the past year, Anders immediately stood out for the significant contributions he has made to C# as well as to the software development industry throughout his career. He was an obvious choice for this year's award."
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