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Kent Beck on creating JUnit

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Published on Feb 6, 2013

Recorded July 22, 2005. Kent Beck and Erich Gamma changed software development forever when they created JUnit. Programmers embraced JUnit and the philosophy behind it. There are now xUnit-style frameworks in just about any language a programmer might need to use today. The simple but powerful conventions introduced by JUnit are now accepted standards for how test frameworks work.

In this interview, Kent Beck tells the creation story for JUnit. He talks about design choices and the underlying philosophy of the tool. He also talks about the social forces that led to its rapid adoption.

This video came out of a collaboration between Dale Emery and me. Dale Emery is the interviewer; I operated the camera. We thought that the rapid changes in tools that had happened in the previous few years was profoundly changing our industry and we wanted to capture history while it was still being made. So we brought a video camera to Agile 2005 and video taped interviews.

I hope you enjoy the result.

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