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Develop Reliable Software Rapidly and Enjoyably
am 29. Oktober 1999
In this short and delightful book, Beck presents the underpinnings of the discipline of software development called "Extreme Programming", or XP. He tells us why the discipline works and the basics of how to do it. (More books are forthcoming, but start here.)
The book addresses lightweight approaches to customer communication, architecture, design, testing - the whole cycle of software development.
XP isn't for everyone: it is for people who have been and want to be passionate about programming, who want to do a good job in today's fast business environment, who are team players, and who are willing to be disciplined about how they do their work.
Hackery? Hardly. Those who fear that XP is "hacking" have not read or do not understand the book. XP is highly disciplined, including more customer contact, more testing, and more design than most projects ever see.
Required Warning: I'm the "self-proclaimed least" of the folks working with XP and writing about it. So I'm biased.
I'm biased for a particularly good reason: I had the chance to try XP in its purest form, on a project that had been in trouble. I wasn't sure everything would work - and where it didn't, we changed and improved the process. That learning is now in the book. I was often surprised by the way XP allowed a team of ordinary humans to consistently delight their customers.
To get the benefits, you have to do the process. Beck has given us the first volume of information on how to build software better, faster, and with more enjoyment.