Extreme Programming (XP) Definitions

  • B

    burn down chart

    A burn down chart is a visual representation of the amount of work that still needs to be completed before the end of a project.

  • C

    continuous integration (CI)

    Continuous integration (CI) is a software engineering practice in which isolated changes are immediately tested and reported on when they are added to a larger code base. The goal of CI is to provide rapid feedback so that if a defect is introduced into the code base, it can be identified and corrected as soon as possible.

  • continuous software development

    Continuous software development is a blanket term that covers several aspects of an iterative application development process based on making each change when it is ready, rather than wrapping many changes into large batches.

  • cowboy coding

    Cowboy coding describes an undisciplined approach to software development. The cowboy approach to coding typically focuses on quick fixes and getting a working product into production as soon as possible.

  • E

    Extreme Programming (XP)

    Extreme Programming (XP) is a pragmatic approach to program development that emphasizes business results first and takes an incremental, get-something-started approach to building the product, using continual testing and revision.

  • J

    JUnit

    JUnit is an open source framework designed for the purpose of writing and running tests in the Java programming language... (Continued)

  • N

    NUnit

    NUnit is an evolving, open source framework designed for writing and running tests in Microsoft .NET programming languages... (Continued)

  • P

    pair programming

    Pair programming is an Agile technique originating from XP in which two developers team together and work on one computer.

  • W

    WAG (estimate)

    A WAG (wild-ass guess) is an estimate for how long it will take to complete a project.  In agile and scrum software development, a WAG is often based upon historical experience. 

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