May 2008 Archives

Jim Gray

images-2.jpgLast year in January, Jim Gray sailed onto the San Francisco Bay but did not return.  Today, in Berkeley, we honor Jim.  I personally will take a moment to recognize Jim for his contributions.  He is an influential pioneer -- a legend -- in Computer Science, the Internet and the World Wide Web.  His contributions touch us all.  It's not just nerdy computer science types -- such as web developers building a MySQL application  -- that  can thank Jim for his contributions to the areas of deep stuff like transaction processing and databases. If you ever booked an airline ticket or used an ATM to get cash, you can thank Jim too.

Respectfully, I point out the poetic irony and sadness that all of our collective search efforts and queries for Jim have returned a null result.