Joseph Yoder, The Refactory, Inc.
Joseph Yoder is a founder and principle of The Refactory, Inc., a company focused on software architecture, design, implementation, consulting and mentoring on all facets of software development. Joseph is an international speaker and pattern author and longstanding member of The Hillside Group, a group dedicated to improving the quality of software development. He is co-author of the Big Ball of Mud pattern, which illuminates many fallacies in the approach to software architecture. Joseph has chaired the Pattern Languages of Programming Conference (PLoP), as well as presented tutorials and talks at conferences such as OOPSLA and ECOOP.
Joe currently resides in Urbana, Illinois where he oversees a team of developers who have constructed an order fulfillment system based on enterprise architecture using the .NET environment. Other recent projects involve working in both the Java and .NET environments deploying Domain-Specific Languages for clients. Joe thinks software is still too hard to change. He wants do something about this and believes that putting the ability to change software into the hands of the people with the domain knowledge seems to be one promising avenue to solve this problem.