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I'd like to welcome you as a part of our listening audience. This is our number five in a series of thirteen shows, which is also brought to you by our sponsor, StickyMinds.com, which is the online resource for building better software.
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Let me get started by introducing our guests before they come on the show, as we're waiting for them to call in. Kent Back was my final series guest last season, on December 5. He's a programmer, he's been one since the middle of what he calls his mis-spent youth in Silicon Valley. His father was a programmer before him, and several of his children are showing what he considers disturbing tendencies along the same lines. He's best remembered for pioneering patterns for software development, the rediscovery of "test-first" programming, the J-Unit testing framework, and most recently, ... programming. In his spare time, he builds small, temporary structures on the 20 acres of his south Oregon ranch he shares with his wife Cindy, five children, two dogs and a variable number of waterfowl. One of the most interesting things about Kent Beck is that he has been around what seems to be forever, but I know he's not that old. And when you pull up his name on the Internet, you will find Kent Back's name everywhere, along with the other two "extremos," which are kind of like the three tenors of the opera world.