How many of you are Extreme Programmers?
exarkun at intarweb.us
Thu Apr 17 15:43:47 CEST 2003
On Thu, Apr 17, 2003 at 02:37:20PM +0100, Robin Becker wrote:
> In article <3E9EA707.4DB53582 at engcorp.com>, Peter Hansen
> <peter at engcorp.com> writes
> >> This sounds remarkably similar to what we commonly call genetic
> >> optimisation or evolution strategy selection. There a fitness criterion
> >> is applied to randomly selected elements of a pool of solutions, with
> >The key is that XP is _not_ applying "randomly selected elements".
> >The experience and abilities of the programmer are heavily involved
> >in the process.
> interestingly genetic programming et al seem to perform worse when
> attempts are made to 'direct' the evolution.
Only if you direct the evolution in the wrong way >:)
> Robin Becker
It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to
students that have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential
programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of
regeneration. -- Dijkstra
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