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Inprise Developer News: Open Source: Xtreme testing

Oct 19, 1999, 00:38 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

"You can't do it. You can't add the feature. It's too risky. You'd have to change a core part of the program, and who knows what kind of subtle bugs might creep in doing that? You got hold of the source code and made sure that the license allows you to modify it, but it's too dangerous. Isn't it?"

"Well, the proponents of Extreme Programming say not only that you can, but that you should!"

"Extreme programmers aim for code that's small, lean, mean, and functional. To achieve the lean and mean, x-programmers always do the simplest thing that could possibly work. They resist the temptation to implement stuff that may be useful later, because they assume they're not going to need it. X-programmers are fearless about modifying the code, so their software is always functional. They will edit, refactor, or reimplement even large sections when they need to add a new feature."

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