Industry Watch: Back to the future of development

Last time, I wrote of my conversation with Grady Booch, a legendary thinker who first made his mark in the mid-1990s (as co-inventor of the Unified Modeling Language and contributor to the Rational Unified Process). He continues to be on the cutting edge of development in his role as IBM Fellow. He spoke of a new generation of information worker who’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get dirty in code. With websites such as Code.org, Booch said he sees “an effort to teach the average person coding as a skill. There is a degree of fragility in non-programmers building things, and it produces a security risk as well. You might meet a short-term need, but you don’t realize the technical debt as people build on it in…


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