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Questioning Extreme Programming by Pete McBreen

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Chapter 19. ReallyStrangeSayings

Every field of human endeavor has its own jargon, but programmers seem to take pride in making the jargon incomprehensible.

An essential part of understanding Extreme Programming involves learning the jargon. This can be a rather daunting task because the XP community seems to have its own rules for making up words to represent many core ideas.

Ward Cunningham's Wiki Web software has a lot to answer for [Leuf, 2001]. By enabling collaborative writing on the Web, it provided a mechanism for Extreme Programming ideas to be both refined and publicized. At the same time, the way the Wiki Web software uses MixedCase WikiWords [http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki?WikiWords] to identify links has led to some really strange jargon ...

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