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Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly))
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At Apple? Maybe not. But elsewhere?
Maybe no articles written about them but books or chapters (, ) written by them.
In the spotlight? You betcha, i think watching talks by Brian Cantrill is highly entertaining. Rich Rickeys' talks are highly regarded on HN (making a mental note to watch them). Carmack talking at Quakecon for hours about many different things.
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⬐ Uehreka> At Apple? Maybe not.
Chris Lattner (inventor of LLVM and Swift) was pretty prominent when he was at Apple. He got stage time during at least one keynote and was well known in the macOS/iOS community. Not to mention that their engineering leads in general get to present their work every year to the devs who will be using it during the WWDC sessions.⬐ scnsGlad to be proven wrong! Learned some iOS development years ago but are out of touch what is happening in the appleverse at large, no snark intended.
There's a chapter from Anders on .
⬐ BoulthRight! I remember now buying the book just to read the chapter about Anders. Was not disappointed. (for the record other "masterminds" were also interesting).
A lot of great books are already mentioned.
I also enjoyed "Masterminds of Programming: Conversations With The Creators Of Major Programming Languages" 
It's a collection of interviews with creators of languages (FORTH, C++, Python, Haskell, and many more) You learn a lot about language design decisions and their pitfalls.
And a shameless plug: I shared MapFilterFold as a Show HN earlier, a project that collects recommendations from Ask HN threads. Browsing the books tagged computer science might yield some interesting results
I believe it was in this book: https://www.amazon.com/Masterminds-Programming-Conversations...
Hopefully they don't have straight UB do they?
Yes, most languages do, unless they are formally defined (ML is formally defined, but most other languages are not. In this book http://www.amazon.com/Masterminds-Programming-Conversations-... several of the language creators say that fully defining the language formally is not worth the effort).
While not a history book, per se, "Masterminds of Programming: Conversations with the Creators of Major Programming Languages"  is a pretty great read. You can get a ton of historical context from reading what the language designers were thinking when they created their languages.