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Robert C. Martin

Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a software professional since 1970 and an international software consultant since 1990. He is founder and president of Object Mentor Inc., a team of experienced consultants who mentor their clients worldwide in the fields of C++, Java, OO, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and Extreme Programming. In 1995 Robert authored the best-selling book: Designing Object Oriented C++ Applications using the Booch Method, published by Prentice Hall. From 1996 to 1999 he was the editor-in-chief of the C++ Report. In 1997 he was chief editor of the book: Pattern Languages of Program Design 3, published by Addison Wesley. In 1999 he was the editor of "More C++ Gems" published by Cambridge Press. He is co-author, with James Newkirk, of "XP in Practice", Addision Wesley, 2001. In 2002 he wrote the long awaited "Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices", Prentice Hall, 2002. In 2003 he wrote "UML for Java Programmers" published by Prentice Hall. He has published hundreds of articles in various trade journals, and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows.


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Aristotle's Error or Agile Smagile.

Posted by rmartin on September 2, 2003 at 8:53 PM PDT

Twenty-five hundred years ago Aristotle came up with an explanation for the common observations that rocks fall and smoke rises. His idea was simple and elegant. His formulation was clever, and his arguments were convincing. He was dead wrong.

Aristotle's idea was that there were five elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether in that order.