There is a part of Extreme Programming which celebrates excellence in
programming in service to a customer, someone who needs computation but
doesn't have the skill/patience/mania necessary to program. I'm always
looking for win-wins. Gratuitous virtuosity is a win for the programmer,
but a lose for the customer, because they end up with a program that no
one (sometimes not even the original author) can touch without causing
damage. What I like most about your book is that it presents some pretty
pointy hat programming techniques, but uses them to create power for a
-- Kent Beck
I rarely recommend techie books, but this is one you really have to read. I've
been programming for something like 35 years, and I learned a lot from this
book. If you write software, you should read this book.
One thing that is compelling is that I've known the author for perhaps 20 years.
He is one of the most thoughtful and intelligent technologists I know, and I
respect whatever he says out of reflex.
If there is one thing about the book that I must caution you about, it is that
it is terrifying. Rob is doing things (not discussing theoretical concepts,
but actually doing them) that I fear I can never achieve. I wish I could take
the next step, and try to adopt some of his practices, but it may never happen.
That said, I learned a LOT just reading the book. I expect that you will, too.
Give it a try, even if you know nothing about extreme programming or Perl. I
-- Jon Bondy