Extreme Programming Brings Out Extreme Opinions
from the certainly-brings-out-extremes-in-people dept
We’ve mentioned the concept of extreme programming before. It’s definitely been growing in popularity, and I hear of many more people I know who are using it. For those who don’t know, it’s a methodology for programming, that (as it’s key point) involves two people working on code together. Wired Magazine is running an article looking at the phenomenon. While everyone likes to debate whether or not it’s useful, what I find most interesting is that “extreme programming” certainly seems to bring out the “extremes” in people. Some people swear by it, and say it’s the best thing to ever happen. Others insist it’s a crazy fad that does more harm than good and drags down good programmers, while making bad programmers look better. I figure, like anything that brings out the “extremes” in people, it’s somewhere in the middle. There are probably some areas where it’s very useful, and I’m sure some programmers really like it, as it has certain elements that make their jobs more enjoyable. At the same time, it’s not right in every situations, and it has received more than its fair share of hype.