It's the latest fad that's sweeping the programming community by storm!
EXTREEM PROGRAMMING! Wee-haw! Let's all go SKY SURFING and
write some CODE!
Some people would say that the EXTREME MEME is completely bankrupt and defunct.
What with extreme sports, Pepperidge
Farms Extreme Goldfish, and even Extreme
Linux, it'd be a safe bet to say that this whole "extreme" thing has played
itself out to a sputtering, blecherous death. BUT! There's all these crazy
programmers who want to prove that WRONG!
I don't very much UNDERSTAND this extreme programming (or "XP") thing, actually.
As best I can tell, the point is to act like a SHITHOUSE CRAZY BERSERKER during
the entire programming process. Skip writing requirements! Jump into coding with
both feet! Bungie-jump from helicopters while debugging yer Javur! Ski off a
cliff into a giant vat of database objects! Be crazy! Run around like a MAD
ARTILLERY GUNNER! Wee-haw, we're making a PARADIGM!
It looks to me that they're just enshrining the principles of unorganized
barbarianism into a theory that will get lots of software consultants a big
contracting deal. Which, like, far be it from ME to stand in the way of. The
vast majority of programming operations ALREADY work in total chaos, despair,
testosterone and disorganization. The message of XP Extreme programming seems to
be saying, "Don't even BOTHER trying to get your shit together." Jimcrack
programmers are gonna lap that up! It's like selling refridgerators to the Inuit!
Go chiggity-check out this EXTREME PROGRAMMING stuff. Make big horrible MESSES
of your already late and collapsing development processes. Go do some XP! And
tell them Mr. Bad sent you!