XP stands for eXtreme Programming. Although the name
suggest that it is a way of writing programs, it is
actually the name of a light weight development method.
(XP is also the abbreviation for Xeroderma Pigmentosum,
a terrible skin disorder caused by a genetic defect. People
suffering from XP are very sensitive for UV light, and often
suffer from all forms of skin cancer. For more information
see Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society.)
I first heard about it on August 25, 1999
when I read about the announcment of the book
eXtreme Programming: Embrace Change"
written by Kent Beck. I was enthousiastic about it from the
start, and decided to start working on Dutch article describing it.
On September 1, 2000, Arno Harteveld, Roland Hartman, and I got an
article published in the Dutch weekly
On September 19, 2000, I attended
the first Dutch XP meeting held in Utrecht.
More about XP can be found on www.xprogramming.com and www.extremeprogramming.org.
For an evalutation see here.
February 1, 2001: It seems that even
Microsoft has embraced XP, because there are rumours that there
next Windows version will be called Windows XP.
Articles about XP:
Some companies using XP:
- Object Mentor
uses XP as
its main method.
- Iona, Dublin, Ierland.
According to John Giblin, senior vice president of engineering
they have seen strong results. "At a minimum, we're getting
products to the market much faster," he said.
Not so strange, as Martin Fowler is their chief scientist.
- Acriter Software in Houten,
- Lesire, Belgium.
Referenced in my online diary
- Tuesday, January 9, 2001: Suneido
- Tuesday, February 20, 2001: Reverse engineering the Quark Xpress format (Part 3)
- Tuesday, April 10, 2001: XP-NL 5 meeting
- Thursday, April 19, 2001: Rational Unified Process Fundamentals course
- Tuesday, May 15, 2001: Tom Gilb about EVO
- Friday, May 18, 2001: Pair programming
- Thursday, July 5, 2001: Farewell party
- Wednesday, March 6, 2002: Comments
- Friday, August 15, 2003: customer acceptation
- Tuesday, December 9, 2003: Single or double click events
Working with XP
So far, I don't have any hands-on experience with XP, but I very
much would like to try it out. It is my five year goal to become
a XP Guru.
Dutch: Neem kontakt met mij op
als je dezelfde ambities hebt en als je in/bij Enschede woont/werkt.