James E. Rumbaugh (born August 22, 1947) is an American computer scientist and object-oriented methodologist who is best known for his work in creating the Object Modeling Technique (OMT) and the Unified Modeling Language (UML).
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rumbaugh received has a B.S. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.S. in astronomy from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and in 1975 a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT under Professor Jack Dennis.
Rumbaugh started his career in the 1960s at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a lead research scientist. From 1968 to 1994 he worked at General Electric Research and Development Center developing technology, teaching, and consulting. At General Electric he also led the development of Object-modeling technique (OMT), an object modeling language for software modeling and designing.
In 1994, he joined Rational Software, were he worked with Ivar Jacobson and Grady Booch ("the Three Amigos") to develop Unified Modeling Language (UML). Later they merged their software development methologies, OMT, OOSE and Booch into the Rational Unified Process (RUP). In 2003 he moved to IBM, after its acquisition of Rational Software. He retired in 2006.
Rumbaugh main research interest is formal description languages, "semantics of computation, tools for programming productivity, and applications using complex algorithms and data structures."
In his graduate work at MIT Rumbaugh contributed to the development of data flow computer architecture. His thesis described parallel programming language, parallel processor computer and a bases for a network architecture, which orients itself at data flow. Rumbaugh made further contributions to Object Modeling Technique, IDEF4, the Rational Unified Process and Unified Modeling Language.
Rumbaugh has written a number of books about UML and RUP together with Ivar Jacobson and Grady Booch. A selection include:
- 1975. A Parallel Asynchronous Computer Architecture For Data Flow Programs. MIT thesis
- 1991. Object-Oriented Modeling and Design. With others. Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-629841-9.
- 1996. OMT insights : perspectives on modeling from the Journal of Object-Oriented Programming. Foreword by James Coplien.
- 1999. Unified software development process
- 2005. Object-oriented modeling and design with UML
- ^ a b c d Biography on InformIT Accessed 22 Jan 2010.
- ^ James E. Rumbaugh (1975) A Parallel Asynchronous Computer Architecture For Data Flow Programs.
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