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Kent Beck, First software Patterns, XP, xUnit

 Kent  Beck

Kent Beck is widely recognized as the father of eXtreme Programming and JUnit. He is the Founder and Director of Three Rivers Institute (TRI).

His career has combined the practice of software development with reflection, innovation, and communication. His contributions to software development include patterns for software, the rediscovery of test-first programming, the xUnit family of developer testing tools, and Extreme Programming.

He currently divides his time between writing, programming, and coaching. Beck is the author/co-author of Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change 2nd Edition, Contributing to Eclipse, Test-Driven Development: By Example, Planning Extreme Programming, The Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns, and the JUnit Pocket Guide.

He received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon.

Presentation: "Responsive Design"

Time: Wednesday 14:15 - 15:15

Location: City Room

Abstract: Purpose and intent are just as important as skill in effective software development. Skill allows you to deliver value in difficult technical circumstances. Clear purpose and positive intent allow you to deliver value in difficult social and business circumstances. Design is one of the most challenging skills to master, which is why I've chosen it for a multi-year study. I use a small set of strategies when I design. Becoming aware of these has made me a better designer. At the same time, though, I am also working on improving my purposes and intentions as I design. I will conclude with the confluence of these two threads of learning: designing in technically *and* socially difficult situations.

Presentation: "Just You Wait"

Time: Wednesday 18:45 - 19:45

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

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