It’s tough being a legend when you’re young.
Google software engineer Jeff Dean became a legend in 2007 when colleague Kenton Varda created a Web site for Google staff touting Dean’s alleged software superpowers called Jeff Dean Facts.
Here’s one: “When Jeff Dean sends an ethernet frame there are no collisions because the competing frames retreat back up into the buffer memory on their source nic.”
They are, of course, not facts at all. So this piece from Slate tries to separate fact from fiction.
Beyond being a fast programmer, Dean has been involved in creating things most of us don’t see: the Google File System and MapReduce. But they’ve spawned the Big Data explosion.
Dean is modest, noting that his accomplishments are almost always accomplished as part of a team.
(Kenton Varda’s tribute page to Jeff Dean)