William Opdyke

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William F. (Bill) Opdyke is a computer scientist. His Ph.D. thesis, Refactoring Object-Oriented Frameworks,[1] was the first in-depth study of code refactoring as a software engineering technique.[2]

After had received a B.S. from Drexel University and an M.S. from University of Wisconsin at Madison, Opdyke got his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1992.[3]

Opdyke has worked as a researcher at Bell Labs,[4] as a computer science professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois,[4] and for Motorola in Schaumburg, Illinois.[5]


  1. ^ [1] CiteSeerx
  2. ^ Fowler, Martin; Beck, Kent (1999), Refactoring: improving the design of existing code, The Addison-Wesley object technology series, Addison-Wesley, p. 415, ISBN 978-0-201-48567-7 .
  3. ^ [2] CiteSeerx
  4. ^ a b Biography as a panelist at OOPSLA 2005, retrieved 2010-04-27.
  5. ^ Affiliation listed as an organizer of the Third ACM Workshop on Refactoring Tools (WRT'09), retrieved 2010-04-27.

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