Father of the Wiki Talks Programming Practices
Microsoft's Ward Cunningham offers his two cents to OOPSLA attendees on the benefits of extreme programming and other software-development techniques.VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaWard Cunningham, the father of the wiki concept, hardly mentioned wikis at all during his keynote address at the OOPSLA 2004 conference here. Instead, Cunningham focused on programming patterns and practices during his hour-and-a-half keynote address Tuesday. His talk, "System of Names and Other Tools of the Not-Quite Tangible," was as intangible as its title implied. Cunningham, who joined Microsoft about a year ago, is an architect with the companys Patterns & Practices Team. Before joining Microsoft, Cunningham already had dabbled in all kinds of programming, including object-oriented-, extreme- and agile-programming ventures.
Cunningham said at the outset of his talk that he intended to try to connect the many threads that led up to the development of the wiki. (A wiki is a program that allows people to create and maintain Web pages collaboratively.)