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42988Re: [XP] Simplicity pressures

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  • Joe Arnold
    Feb 6, 2002
      If you're pairing, everyone will eventually get a shot at working in the 'Pentagram Template.' A programmer won't need to understand it on the first pass because their pair will. If it doesn't work out, blame yourself (I'm assuming that it's your idea.), and move on. It's cool to add a new hammer to the team's toolbox.

      -Joe Arnold

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Danil" <danil@...>
      To: <extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2002 7:11 AM
      Subject: [XP] Simplicity pressures

      > Situation: two sections of code, with satisfactory UnitTests available.
      > These sections, though obviously similar, are such that the common idioms of
      > the implementation language do not permit further reduction.
      > If, however, one is willing to unleash the forces of darkness (and some of
      > the more squirrelly bits of the implementation language), further code
      > reduction is possible. ["Look! If we apply Andrei's Pentagram Template
      > Idiom, all this code goes away!"] The cost is simplicity - those
      > programmers not familiar with the pattern are unlikely to grok the code on
      > the first pass.
      > In an XP team, this situation is normally resolved by... well, I haven't the
      > foggiest. Does anybody else?
      > Danil
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