Modeler Grady Booch in IBM-land
- By Jack Vaughan
A recent IBM Rational media day afforded the opportunity to check in with
Grady Booch. The theme of the event: IBM will take a more integrated approach to
development, centered on the Rational toolset. Central in that toolset: UML
''Development has been and will remain a very hard thing,'' said Booch, an
original UML co-author. ''If we look at the way we can improve the efficiencies
of development, it is by using models, asset change management, driving testing
through the life cycle and driving a common development experience through
Modeling can bridge the gap between technology and business plans, but it is
not pure pedal-to-the-metal UML. IBM Rational is not averse to creating wizards
and such that enable modeling for people in the organization who don't want to
know about UML, Booch indicated. He said business rules are likely the next
great frontier for modeling improvement.
In the merged IBM Rational company, once-chief scientist Booch holds a post
as IBM Fellow. There, he said with some glee, his job is to ''destroy bureaucracy
and act as a designated free radical. I am having a heck of a lot of fun ... and
getting paid for it.'' During the past year, which he described as
''opportunistic,'' he has worked as a liaison to IBM Research. The experience has
been that of ''a child in a candy store.'' The next year will ''be more
intentional,'' he said, meaning Rational will look to fund R&D projects that
will in turn drive specific development and design tool projects.
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Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.