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Kent Beck
Kent Beck is an American software engineer and the creator of Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development. Beck was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

Kent Beck has an M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Oregonmarker. He has pioneered software design patterns, the rediscovery of Test-driven development, as well as the commercial application of Smalltalk. Beck popularized CRC cards with Ward Cunningham and along with Erich Gamma created the JUnit unit testing framework.

Kent lives in Medford, Oregon where he makes goat cheese.


  • 1996. Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns. Prentice Hall.
  • 1996. Kent Beck's Guide to Better Smalltalk : A Sorted Collection. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1999. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change. Addison-Wesley. Winner of the Jolt Productivity Award.
  • 2000. Planning Extreme Programming. With Martin Fowler. Addison-Wesley.
  • 2002. Test-Driven Development: By Example. Addison-Wesley. Winner of the Jolt Productivity Award.
  • 2003. Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plugins. With Erich Gamma. Addison-Wesley.
  • 2004. JUnit Pocket Guide. O'Reilly.
  • 2005. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, 2nd Edition. With Cynthia Andres. Addison-Wesley. Completely rewritten.
  • 2008. Implementation Patterns. Addison-Wesley.

Selected Papers


  1. "Extreme Programming", Computerworld (online), 2005, webpage: Computerworld-appdev-92.
  2. Twitter status: Sept. 23, 2009.

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