Outstanding Talk by Kent Beck

by Ulf on September 9th, 2008 (Permalink)

I‘d like to recommend Kent Beck‘s keynote from this year‘s RailsConf to everybody interested in software development. Kent talks about his involvement with patterns, developer testing and extreme programming, how each came about, and what he thinks about the outcomes. An MP3 file and the presentation slides are available here, and a video feed (which helps tie together the slides and the talk) is here. The talk also touches on a range of other topics, such as architecture, Ruby, IDEs, technology adoption, marketing of ideas, and much else, and is a joy to listen to. The following are the books that get mentioned (and are thus implicitly recommended by Mr Beck). Christopher Alexander in particular has long been on my reading list; maybe this will actually coax me into reading him.

Kent Beck: Test Driven Development, Extreme Programming Explained and Implementation Patterns

Christopher Alexander: The Timeless Way of Building, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction and Nature of Order

Yourdon & Constantine: Structured Design

The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity

Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

Appreciative Inquiry: Appreciative Inquiry Commons and Wikipedia

Zed Shaw: message to the Ruby and Rails communities

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