Jamie Zawinski (also known as jwz, born November 3, 1968 in Pittsburgh) is an American programmer. He achieved fame by developing XEmacs XScreenSaver, as an employee of Netscape Corp.. and the founding of the Mozilla project.
After working as a Lisp programmer at Carnegie Mellon University, he worked for Peter Norvig in the field of Computational Linguistics at UC Berkeley. But since he does the work of linguists not understand, he programmed mostly screensaver, which led to the development of XScreenSaver. However disappointed in the work, he moved to Lucid Inc. In addition, he developed BBDB ( big brother database), an address management for Emacs. Lucid decided at the time to develop a C development environment, which was also based on Emacs. Disputes between Richard Stallman and Zawinski on the inclusion of patches in the official Emacs ensured however that Zawinski started to manage its own version of Emacs with the name Lucid Emacs. Lucid Emacs was later renamed XEmacs. Due to economic difficulties of Lucid, he joined the then young startup Netscape Corp.. , Who developed a new Web browser with the Netscape browser. Zawinski was responsible for the development of the UNIX version of the browser and then the associated email clients. At this time he coined the phrase that every program will eventually be expanded to read e -mails. This was jokingly added to the Jargon File as Zawinski 's Law. In 1998 he founded the Mozilla project, along with Brendan Eich. The goal of the Mozilla project was the publication of the Netscape browser as open source. However, since after the purchase of Netscape by AOL, the project was sluggish, he broke up in 1999 by the project and bought Chaps with a night club, which he renamed in DNA Lounge.