thumb|240px|right|Lee Daniel Crocker at Internet Archive, 2008 Lee Daniel Crocker (born July 3, 1963) is an American computer programmer. He is best known for rewriting the software upon which Wikipedia runs, to address scalability problems. This software, originally known as "Phase III", went live in July 2002 and became the foundation of what is now called MediaWiki. MediaWiki's code repository was still named "phase3" until the move from Subversion to Git in March 2012. He is a co-author of the PNG specification, and was also involved in the creation of the GIF and JPEG image file formats. He invented the per-scanline variable pre-filtering compression method used by PNG, the sum-of-abs heuristic used by many encoding programs, and proposed an early version of the Adam7 algorithm, using 5 passes rather than 7. In 1998, he was one of the 23 original creators of the "Transhumanist Declaration". As of 1999, he was a member of the Extropians futurist society. In June 2010, Crocker and others won the USENIX Advanced Computing Technical Association STUG award for contributions to the Wikipedia software.

See also

* List of Wikipedia people


External links

''Information Week'' May 7, 2007: The Best Web Software Ever Written

* ttp://www.ddj.com/architect/184409587?pgno=4 Dr. Dobb's Journal #232 July 1995 (Vol 20, Issue 7), pp. 36–44: PNG: The Portable Network Graphic Format {{DEFAULTSORT:Crocker, Lee Daniel Category:1963 births Category:Living people Category:American transhumanists Category:Extropians Category:Free software programmers Category:American software engineers Category:American Wikimedians Category:Wikipedia people