Posted on October 15, 2003
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I went to the Chicago Java Users Group meeting last night. It was pretty interesting. The speaker was Bob Martin of Object Mentor, speaking about “agile development methods”, of which XP is the most common. If I had this guy give this talk to me, I would have been far less skeptible about XP than I have been. Of course, as implemented in my workplace several critical components were missing that made all the difference between success and fiasco. The key points that I saw were:

I’m willing to back off of my eXtreme Placebo comments of the past and give some of this a shot, particularly the test-driven development. It will require some discipline, but it certainly seems like a good way to go. Having lost hours to trying to figure out snaky spaghetti code lately, it would be nice to have that sort of thing be unnecessary.


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