Computers have become an integral part of our lives today. To make a computer run you need a software, software engineers are the persons who are behind designing, developing, maintaining, testing of computer software.
Difference between Software Engineer And Computer Hardware Engineer
A Software Engineer is involved in the design, development, and creation of a software whereas a Computer Hardware Engineer is concerned with the design, testing or manufacturing of keyboards, mouse or computer chips and more.
A Hardware Engineer needs to have a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering, a Software Engineer should have a bachelor’s degree in software engineering or a degree in Computer Science.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and LinkedIn are some of the top best companies to work for Software Engineers. Google pays an average base salary of $124,520 to Software Engineers.
Some of the top employers of Computer Hardware Engineers are HP, Samsung, Intel and IBM and an average salary of a Computer Hardware Engineer is $111,730 yearly.
There are many Software Engineers around the world which includes the likes of Linus Torvalds, Eric Schmidt, Mark Zuckerberg and more. Let us go through the list of some famous software engineers which you should be knowing.
Famous Software Engineers Which You Should Know
1. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt
Larry Page, Sergey Brin are the co-founders of Google whereas Eric Schmidt was hired as CEO in 2001. Google has changed the way people search things online, it is now a part of our daily lives.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both Stanford University graduate who shared the same vision. In 1956 Larry Page and Sergey Brin collaborated on a project named “Backrub,” their goal was to analyze the importance of backlinks that connected one site to another.
Google became a private company in 1998 and in 2004 initial public offering took place. The valuation of Google in 2016 is $133 billion.
2. Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer who is behind Linux and Git systems. Linux is an open-source software with thousands of developers contributing to Linux Kernel.
Git systems on another open-source software created in 2005 for the development of the Linux kernel by Linus Torvalds. In 1999, RedHat a leading developer of Linux-based software company gave Torvalds $1 million in stock before going public.
Torvalds is currently being sponsored by Linux-Foundation so that he can concentrate on the development of Linux. The internet giant Google is powered by Linux.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of popular social networking site Facebook used by millions of people worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg started to code from his school days, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program dubbed”Zucknet” which allowed the computers from his house and his father’s dental office to communicate with each other. Facebook reported a net profit of $1.51 billion in the first quarter of 2016.