"Dude, you need a woman" - Continued !

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 11:11:16 -0500

There are two different schools of thought on so-called "Extreme
Programming" (or XP): one thinks it's the solution, the other thinks it's
part of the problem. Based on pair programming -- where software developers
work together on one computer -- Extreme Programming is intended to
increase productivity, by transforming programmers from loners into social
beings. Robert Mee, who runs a Silicon Valley XP coaching company, argues:
"There is this machismo culture in the Valley where, if you're not in your
cubicle drinking jolt cola and eating pizza at 2 in the morning, you're not
a high-tech stud. This is a cultural change. This forces them to be social
creatures, with saner lives." But critics say that XP leads not to
productivity but to inefficiency. Programmer Alon Salon Edward Hiett, who
uses XP, admits that pair programming can be unnerving: "Programming is a
very creative process and requires a lot of concentration. It's natural to
want to go away and do it by yourself. With pairing, you have to give up
control." And what do female programmers think? Software developer Laura
Waite says: "XP resolves that issue that women don't like: working by
yourself in a cubicle with no interaction. I know lots of women who love XP
because of that." (San Jose Mercury News 29 Apr 2002)

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