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The vertical axis of a graph, often used to measure how desperate for terms an author can get writing a Computer Glossary when he gets up to Y.
A name that seems to get dropped whenever computer people attempt to impress their managers by talking about methodologies, design phases, walkthroughs, and so on.
These days, most computer professionals realise that the Yourdon is, in fact, a fictional character, who is referred to most often in the wild fantastic tales told during the first days of a project, when everyone seems carefree and has time for everything, when the resources on the project plan are bountiful, and the bugs are but gleams in the programmers' eyes.
But computer people should always be careful when later they tire of endless analysis and pen pushing, because every time someone says "this data flow diagram sucks!" a Yourdon dies.
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