Book recommendation “Extreme Programming Explained”

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (Kent Beck, 1999)

title: “Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change”
author: Kent Beck
pages: 224
chapters: 27
ISBN: 978-0201616415
publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Amsterdam
published: 1991 (1st edition)
notesheet: extreme_programming_explained

Wow… it’s been a long I finished a whole book. I’ve always been lazy reading a book until the end. Compulsory reading for a course seems to be a valid approach to motivate me. The Book is “Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change” by Kent Beck and please recognize that I am talking about the 1st edition.

Extreme Programming is an agile software engineering methodology. He describes the book not as a checklist what someone has to do to apply this paradigm rather than providing an overview to the different elements of it. But in general the reader will be a person unfamiliar with this methodology and requiring a HowTo. The result of this discrepancy is a book consisting of 3 parts (The Problem, The Solution, Implementing XP) and 27 chapters; each explaining one of its associated buzzwords. As far as I would like to carry out this paradigm on a daily basis, I would describe myself as an interested reader and can recommend this book as this number of pages really does not hurt. For german people I also recommend the Chaosradio Express episode about it (CRE 028 Extreme Programming).

Book recommendation “Extreme Programming Explained”

Arch Linux Xfce “Open Terminal here” in Thunar

The default configuration of Thunar in Xfce at arch linux allows the user to right-click in a folder and open a terminal at this location. Switching to konsole (because of Unicode problems) instead of xfce-terminal (Terminal), this feature did not work any longer. I figured it out how to solve it:

You can configure this feature in Thunar > “Configure custom actions…” (rather than “Xfce > Application Menu > Settings > Preferred Applications”). Select “Open Terminal here” and click “Edit”.

exo-open --working-directory %f --launch TerminalEmulator

Change this line to:

konsole --workdir %f

Arch Linux Xfce “Open Terminal here” in Thunar