Monday, September 13, 2010

NYC SPIN September 21 - Ed Yourdon: Beautiful Software

The NYC SPIN is thrilled to welcome back world renowned technologist Ed Yourdon to kick off our 2010-2011 season. The topic: Beautiful Software. Details below.

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September 2010 NYC SPIN Meeting Announcement
Date: September 21, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Beautiful Software
Presenter: Ed Yourdon
Location: Microsoft


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Abstract - Beautiful Software

Obviously, nobody wants to build "bad" software -- i.e., software that's full of bugs, delivered late, and over budget. And our industry has spent a great deal of time and energy during the past 40 years (ever since the 1969 NATO conference on software engineering, if not earlier) trying to figure out how to develop "good" software -- i.e., software that's delivered on time, under budget, meets the user's needs, and has few if any bugs.

But that's not the same as "beautiful" software -- software that makes you gasp with delight and shake your head in wonder, not just the first time you see it, but every time. What is beautiful software -- how would we know it when (if) we saw it? Why should we want to develop beautiful software -- and, no, that's not a rhetorical question, because it turns out that a lot of people really don't want to ... or at least don't want it badly enough. Who develops (or has developed) beautiful software? How do they do it? What should we do in order to develop beautiful software?
Biography - Ed Yourdon

Edward Yourdon is an internationally-recognized expert witness and computer consultant who specializes in project management, software engineering methodologies, and Web 2.0 development. He is the author of over 550 technical articles and more than two dozen books, including: Outsource: competing in the global productivity race; Byte Wars; Managing High-Intensity Internet Projects; Object-Oriented Systems Design: An Integrated Approach; Death March; Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer; and Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.

Ed has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years, beginning when Digital Equipment Corporation hired him in 1964 to write the FORTRAN math library for the PDP-5 and the assembler for the popular PDP-8 minicomputer. During his career, he has worked on over 25 different mainframe computers and was involved in a number of pioneering computer technologies, such as time-sharing operating systems and virtual memory systems.

Along the way in his long and eventful career Ed founded and was CEO of YOURDON Inc., an international consulting, software development, publishing, and training company. He eventually sold that company, which, after additional mergers and such, is now part of IBM.

Ed is currently CEO of NODRUOY Inc. a computer consulting, publishing, and research firm based in New York City. He is also the Director of the Business/IT Trends Service for the Cutter Consortium, of which he is a co-founder and chairman. He serves as Editor Emeritus of the Consortium’s flagship publication, the Cutter IT Journal.

Ed Yourdon received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from MIT in 1965 and has carried out graduate work at MIT and at the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He has been appointed an Honorary Professor of Information Technology at Universidad CAECE in Buenos Aires, and has lectured at MIT, Harvard, UCLA, Berkeley, and other universities around the world. He has been quoted in and interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, The Times of India, Newsweek, and several computer trade publications. He has also been interviewed on numerous television news shows and radio programs, including Fox News, the ABC Evening News, CNBC, and National Public Radio.

According to the December 1999 issue of Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, Ed Yourdon is one of the ten most influential men and women in the software field. In June 1997, he was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame, along with such notables as Charles Babbage, Seymour Cray, James Martin, Grace Hopper, Gerald Weinberg, and Bill Gates. Ed is widely known as the lead developer of the structured analysis/design methods of the 1970s, as well as co-developer of the Yourdon/Whitehead method of object-oriented analysis/design and the popular Coad/Yourdon OO methodology of the late 1980s and 1990s. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Second International Workshop on Computer-Aided Software Engineering in 1988 for his contributions to the promotion of Structured Methods for the improvement of Information Systems Development, leading to the CASE field. He was selected as an Honored Member of Who’s Who in the Computer Industry in 1989. And he was given the Productivity Award in 1992 by Computer Language magazine, for his book Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.


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