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Colloquium - Booch

The Limits of Software
IBM Rational

Not everything we want to build in software can be built (there are some theoretical limits); not everything we want to build should be built (there are economic, political, ethical, and human limits). In this presentation, I'll examine what separates vision and execution in software, which in turn will lead us to an understanding of the essential points of pain in software development. I will also discuss some emerging trends in software engineering which begin to address these points, including model-driven development, aspect-oriented programming, architectural patterns, and collaborative development environments.

Grady Booch is recognized internationally for his innovative work on software architecture, modeling, and software engineering. He has been with IBM Rational as its Chief Scientist since Rational's founding in 1980. Grady is one of the original developers of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and was also one of the original developers of several of Rational's products. Grady has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive projects around the world. Grady was recently recognized for his work by being named an IBM Fellow.

Grady is the author of six best-selling books, including the UML User Guide and the seminal Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications. Grady has published several hundred technical articles on software engineering, including papers published in the early '80s that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Grady received his BS in engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977 and his MSEE from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)