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I work in software development because it's fun, and I love it, not because it pays particularly well or to fill time between now and when I die. I loved Ron Jeffries' piece about the early excitement around Extreme Programming.

Much of that excitement has worn off by now, I think. Extreme Programming has become an industry, with its band of expensive consultants, speakers, and books coming out every month. It has also ossified: what started as a quest for the truth with a bunch of ideas, some good, some not so good, has become a rigid canon of required practices, some good, some dangerously bad. Today many programmers who claim to be practicing Extreme Programming really treat it as a menu of delightful offerings, and they ...

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