Xtreme man cometh

Kent Beck, the American who invented extreme programming, will be visiting New Zealand in October.

Kent Beck, the American who invented extreme programming, will be visiting New Zealand in October.

Extreme programming, also known as XP, is a development methodology that is gaining momentum overseas and attracting a small but growing following in New Zealand. Oregon-based Beck developed the lightweight methodology, which emphasises constant communication, planning and testing, about five years ago.

In the past month there have been meetings of people interested in the methodology in Auckland and Hamilton, attracting more than 30 people. Companies interested in XP include Terabyte, Axon Computers, Advantage Group and Auckland University.

Meeting co-ordinator and Auckland software developer Ian Mitchell invited Beck, who travels the world teaching and talking to XP exponents.

Apart from XP, Beck has worked on and talked about object-oriented programming for 16 years. He is the author of The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, Extreme Programming Explained and (with Martin Fowler) the forthcoming Planning Extreme Programming. He lives on 20 acres in rural southern Oregon with his wife, five children, two dogs and a number of domestic fowl.

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