<person> A software engineering consultant, widely known as the developer
of the "Yourdon method" of structured systems analysis and design, as well as
the co-developer of the Coad/Yourdon method of object-oriented analysis and
design. He is also the editor of three software journals - American Programmer,
Guerrilla Programmer, and Application Development Strategies - that analyse
software technology trends and products in the United States and several other
countries around the world.
Ed Yourdon received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from MIT, and has done
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, Argentina and has received numerous honors and awards from
other universities and professional societies around the world.
He has worked in the computer industry for 30 years, including positions with
DEC and General Electric. Earlier in his career, he worked on over 25 different
mainframe computers, and was involved in a number of pioneering computer
projects involving time-sharing and virtual memory.
In 1974, he founded the consulting firm, Yourdon, Inc.. He is currently immersed
in research in new developments in software engineering, such as object-oriented
software development and system dynamics modelling.
Ed Yourdon is the author of over 200 technical articles; he has also written 19
computer books, including a novel on computer crime and a book for the general
public entitled Nations At Risk. His most recent books are Object-Oriented
Systems Development (1994), Decline and Fall of the American Programmer (1992),
Object-Oriented Design (1991), and Object-Oriented Analysis (1990). Several of
his books have been translated into Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish,
Portugese, Dutch, French, German, and other languages, and his articles have
appeared in virtually all of the major computer journals.
He is a regular keynote speaker at major computer conferences around the world,
and serves as the conference Chairman for Digital Consulting's SOFTWARE WORLD
conference. He was an advisor to Technology Transfer's research project on
software industry opportunities in the former Soviet Union, and a member of the
expert advisory panel on CASE acquisition for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. Yourdon was born on a small planet at the edge of one of the distant
red-shifted galaxies. He now lives in the Center of the Universe (New York City)
with his wife, three children, and nine Macintosh computers, all of which are
linked together through an Appletalk network.
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