Ian Holland's work at Northeastern University, College of Computer Science, was influential:
The LoD is followed in many industrial systems. For example, at NASA, major systems which have used the LoD extensively include the Telemetry Delivery System (a real-time database begun in 1990), the Flight System Testbed, and Mars Pathfinder flight software (both begun in 1993).
Ian Holland wrote his first conference paper on the LoD during his first year at Northeastern University. The paper was presented by Ian at the competitive OOPSLA conference which lead to a long collaboration with IBM first as a student at Northeastern and then as an IBM employee.
The LoD has provided food for thought for several PhD projects. The work on Adaptive Programming is an attempt to follow the LoD and program in a structure-shy way. The work on Aspect-Oriented Programming is an attempt to refine the LoD: Talk only to your friends who share your concerns.
The Law of Demeter was named after the Demeter project at the College of Computer and Information Science.
In summary, Ian Holland's 5 years at Northeastern University have had an impressive impact on the software development community.
Ian Holland is now Vice President of Architecture and Systems Engineering at Kronos Incorporated in Chelmsford, MA.
April 2005, Karl Lieberherr