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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 12. Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham

“I could experience Xerox PARC by reading their listings,” Ward Cunningham remarked during our lengthy morning conversation. “I could see what they were thinking, and I wanted to emulate that—to make our thinking clear in code.”

This focus on the aesthetics of code, the pure joy and satisfaction of writing code such that it is crystal clear what the author intended, was a hallmark of my conversations with each of the “three extremoes”—Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries, and Ward Cunningham. The quality of code inherent in test-first development, the aesthetics of clear expression of the code's intent, the focus on simple solutions ...

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