David A. Thomas (software developer)

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This page is about David A. Thomas, founder of Object Technology International, and not about Dave Thomas of The Pragmatic Programmers. For other people named Dave or David Thomas, see David Thomas.

David A. Thomas is a well-known figure in modern software development and object technology. Thomas took undergraduate (1969) and graduate (1976) degrees at the Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and held a number of software development positions in the ensuing years. Thomas is perhaps best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International, Inc., now IBM OTI Labs. OTI was responsible for initial development of the Eclipse open source IDE and the Visual Age Java development environment.

Thomas is a frequent speaker at development conferences on topics dealing with technology and technology management. As an author and through publication of a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals, Thomas has demonstrated substantial contributions to both the commercial and academic aspects of software development. In 2006 he was recognized as a Distinguished Engineer by the Association for Computing Machinery.

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