- Series: Yourdon Press Computing
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Yourdon; 1 edition (June 16, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013191958X
- ISBN-13: 978-0131919587
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Decline and Fall of the American Programmer Paperback – June 16, 1993
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From the Publisher
Mr. Yourdon takes a close look at how U.S. companies can implement object oriented methods, CASE tools, software quality assurance, structured methods, software metrics, and re-engineering. For U.S. programmers, analysts, software engineers, and software development managers.
From the Back Cover
According to Edward Yourdon, software development may soon move out of the U.S. into software factories in a dozen countries unless U.S. software organizations exploit the key software technologies examined in this new publication. Here Mr. Yourdon takes a close look at how U.S. companies can implement object oriented methods, CASE tools, software quality assurance, structured methods, software metrics, and re-engineering. For U.S. programmers, analysts, software engineers, and software development managers.
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That said, even the book's thesis is not without it's problems. The author does not seem to take into account that the workforce in the American software industry is much more diverse than it was 10 or 15 years ago, making the situation more complicated than the stereotypical lazy white guys competing against the rest of the world. Nearly a quarter of my colleagues are from India and there's no reason to suspect they're any less smarter than professionals in Bangalore. Also, the focus of the book seems to be on writing code. If that was all there was to developing and supporting information systems, I'd be inclined to agree with the author 100%. As it happens, the most complicated aspects of system development isn't always writing the code or even design, but communication involving everything from requirements analysis to coordination of development for various parts of the system encompassing database changes as well as client and middleware components. This is not to say it would be impossible to coordinate that with people on the other side of the world but difficult. It IS possible and has been tried but the results have been mixed. If my employer were to try this, they may very well save on programmer costs only to see their savings eaten up by new costs in communication infrastructure, endless business trips, more meetings...
The bottom line: Software development will continue to be delegated to oversees firms and will have a profound effect on some job prospects here and on the nature of the work itself, but the American programmer is far from becoming an endangered species.
This is a book about case tools. Anybody remember them? Yourdan's argument was that the willingness of Indian programmers to use case tools would enable them to produce good, cheap software at a fraction of the cost of that generated by American 'cowboys'. His strong advice for programmers in the US was to start using mechanistic methods, so that they could also start churning out code like cookies in a cookie factory.
Most probably, Decline and Fall will remain an interesting book for students of computer science to read for many years into the future - not for what it got right, but for what it got wrong. Common wisdom today (which may become foolishness tomorrow) is that American Programmers can't hope to compete against people living in poor nations by trying to undercut them on cost, but only by using their native creativity and willingness to explore new frontiers to create truly new products.
In other words, Yourdan correctly forsaw the future, but badly misjudged the solution.