A Tribute to ED YOURDON

Ed YourdonIt is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden and unexpected death of our dear friend ED YOURDON, one of the best speakers with whom we had the honor of working.

From the very first moment we met him back in 1993, we were deeply impressed by his expertise, his professionalism and his authoritativeness. As years passed, however he stood out for being much more than that. We discovered his great intelligence, generosity and elegance, his sense of humor, passion, curiosity and enthusiasm for everything he did. In very little time our professional relationship turned into a deep friendship. It was a real privilege to know him and to have him as a friend.

ED YOURDON is one of the ten most influential people in the software field. In 1997 he was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame, along with important figures such as Charles Babbage, Seymour Cray, James Martin, Grace Hopper, Gerald Weinberg and Bill Gates.

ED is considered one of the fathers of the structured analysis techniques, which he developed in the 70s, as the co-developer, in the 1980s and 1990s, of the Yourdon/Whitehead method for Object-Oriented analysis and the Coad/Yourdon methodology for Object-Oriented analysis and design.

In 1988 he was awarded a special prize in recognition of his contribution to Computer-Aided Software Engineering. He was selected as an honorary member of "Who's Who in the Computer Industry" in 1989 and received the Productivity Award in 1992 by the magazine Computer Language for his book Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.

He is the author of over 550 technical articles and 27 books in the field of computer science. His books have been translated into many languages including Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish and many others.

He had a sensitive soul and was also a photography enthusiast. His photos are truly amazing, masterfully pointing to the beauty and contradictions of life with depth and humor. Some of his best photo albums have been published on Flickr and can be seen at: Ed Yourdon album

In this moment of grief we feel very close to his family, to his wife, our dear friend Toni, his daughter Jennifer and his sons Jamie and David.

Thanks ED for your friendship and for everything you have done for the international IT community. Thanks also from our clients who have attended so many of your courses over these years. Thanks to your knowledge, advice and help, they were able to grow in the IT profession. Thank you for your precious contribution to the growth of the IT culture in Italy.

We will miss you so much.

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