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   RE: Extreme Programming goes mainstream?

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  • From: Didier PH Martin <martind@netfolder.com>
  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 15:19:23 -0500

Hi Simon,

Simon said:
Most of my concerns revolved around the expectations that all the
developers would work from the same location.  Remote pair programming
(irc?  funky IDEs?) doesn't seem very plausible to me, and working in a
home office, I'm not likely to bring folks over on a regular basis.

Didier replies:
Yes some adaptation has to be done. The XP book author seems to ignore the
new tools like instant messaging, VOIP with video etc.. For instance, I am
at home, with some broken bones :-( so I cannot move a lot, and I am working
with my code partner on our doc.* stuff during the time my code partner is
implementing the style sheet, I am writing about it, tomorrow I code and he
writes. But several times in the day, we look at the code together with
netmeeting and discuss about it. So, our own experience is that having a
single machine for a duo is not necessary, both can have a machine but get
trained to work on the same code unit, and both do not necessarily need to
be in the same place since we can communicate together quite easily. Even
share the same desktop with netmeeting (off course we both have a fast

Its a question of adapting the XP method to modern technologies. So even if
XP seems a modern methodology, the XP book author obviously do not live with
the 21st century tools :-)

Off course we do not apply the XP techniques all the time, only when we have
to learn something new and have to move in unknown lands like for instance,
these times, to discover what is the best route to create content and get it
published for cHTML, HDML, WML, HTML, SVG, SMIL and VoiceXML, whaaaaat a
job! Being two brains on the same code (and if the two brains are bright)
help tremendously. Conclusion: XP works but adapt it to your modern
environment, the XP book author do not live in the same century as us :-)
but some point he brought are inspiring.

Didier PH Martin
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