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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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2 THE MIGHTY BOOCH

Grady Booch, October 2007

A reality TV show for developers, life-saving software and the discovery of fire… BCS managing editor Brian Runciman speaks to IBM Fellow Grady Booch, who gave the Turing Lecture in 2007.

Perhaps you could tell us what you are working on currently?

There are two areas that I’m giving my attention to. The overarching thing that brings them together is addressing what one can do to improve the efficiency of developing, delivering and evolving complex software systems.

There is a gap between vision and execution; we can dream up many things that have a software element to them, but to turn that into running systems is a challenge. Pure computer science can limit us, so can social, legal and moral things. ...

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