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Re: PG: Hackers and Painters
On 14 May 2003, Paul Graham wrote:
> I've heard of this agile programming thing. (Surely "agile" isn't
> the best word, btw; surely one hacker is at least more *agile*
> than two.)
I think people on this thread are confusing "agile development" (which is
a fairly broad term) with "extreme programming" (a particular "agile
methodology" that advocates pair programming and shared code ownership,
amoung other things).
The "agile manifesto" (http://www.agilemanifesto.org) says this:
We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.
I think that "agile" is indeed an appropiate word to describe this value