Arthur Whitney is a serial creator of high performance programming languages, and the author of kdb+. He visited New York City last week from his home in California and gave a couple of talks: one at the Center for Data Science at NYU and another at a First Derivatives kdb+ User Group Meeting held at Morgan Stanley.
At these talks Arthur spoke about his design approach — he writes all of his programming languages from scratch, starting with the operating system. He said his learnings from his R&D work contribute to constantly improving kdb+.
Looking back in the archives we found a couple of interviews where you can read what Arthur has said about his work over the years, and an article in the British APL journal, Vector, about his research.
Interview with Arthur Whitney
ACMQueue interview with Arthur Whitney
The Association of Computer Machinery
Vector, the Journal of the British APL Association