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Martin Fowler

 

Brief Description: Famous for work on refactoring, XP, and UML

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Martin Fowler started working with software in the early 80s and in the mid 80s he started getting interested in the then new world of object-oriented development.

He started to specialize in bringing objects to business information systems, first with a couple of companies and then as an independent consultant. In the early days this was using Smalltalk and C++, now it's Java, C# and the Internet. Every year I learn something new, but he also finds that many of the lessons from the past still apply. This work has led him into taking a leading role in OO analysis and design, the UML, patterns, and agile development methodologies.

An author, speaker, consultant and self-described "general loud-mouth on software development," Fowler concentrates on designing enterprise software - looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with good design. He has pioneered object-oriented technology, refactoring, patterns, agile methodologies, domain modeling, the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Extreme Programming (XP).

In March 2000 he gave up my long and successful career as an independent consultant and joined a company that he believed was truly world beating, ThoughtWorks - where he is Chief Scientist.

He's written five books on software developmen and speaks at many international conferences on software development. He's served on program committees for OOPSLA, Software Development, UML World, XP 2001, and TOOLS.

Fowler believes the biggest impact on successful software development is "motivated, talented developers."

 

"If you don't have that all the technology and methodology in the world can't help you."

He maintains a lively and regularly updated bliki.

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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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