title: “Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change”
author: Kent Beck
publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Amsterdam
published: 1991 (1st edition)
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).