Kent Beck

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Kent Beck
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Born 1961 (age 56–57)
Citizenship United States of America
Fields Software engineering
Alma mater University of Oregon
Known for Extreme Programming, Software design patterns, JUnit

Kent Beck (born 1961) is an American software engineer and the creator of Extreme Programming,[1] a software development methodology which eschews rigid formal specification for a collaborative and iterative design process. Beck was one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto,[1] the founding document for agile software development. Extreme and Agile methods are closely associated with Test Driven Development, of which Beck is perhaps the leading proponent.

Beck pioneered software design patterns as well as the commercial application of Smalltalk. He wrote the SUnit unit testing framework for Smalltalk, which spawned the xUnit series of frameworks, notably JUnit for Java, which Beck wrote with Erich Gamma. Beck popularized CRC cards with Ward Cunningham, the inventor of the wiki.

Beck attended the University of Oregon between 1979 and 1987, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer and information science.[2] He lives near Medford, Oregon and works at Facebook.[3]



Selected papers


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Extreme Programming", Computerworld (online), 2005, webpage: Computerworld-appdev-92.
  2. Beck, Kent. "Kent Beck". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 5, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Where I work (Facebook)..."

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