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Comment Deline and Fall, then Rise and Resurrection (Score 1) 67

I didn't know him, but I read two of his books.

In The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer he predicted Japan would overtake the United States in software development due to their use of CASE tools and zero defect tolerance culture.

In The Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer (which of course came later), Yourdon fessed up that his prediction was wrong. He attributed this to users being willing to put up with buggy software if they have benefit from new features.

Kind of bookend observations about our profession.

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