Kent Beck is a software programmer running a small consultancy business in Oregon. As he says himself, he divides his time between writing, programming, coaching and farming Goats. Kent was a SmallTalk programmer who attempted to re-think the essence of software development having been involved in attempting to recover some significant software project failures. JUnit is a unit testing framework that has since spawned the development of other testing frameworks NUnit etc. He has written several important journal articles and books, mainly addressing Extreme Programming, SmallTalk programming and JUnit, his most successful project.
Kent is a respected voice in software development's professional communities; taking an active role in discussions, speaking at conferences and sharing with other programmers these ideas for a better way to organise the work of programming for which he coined the label 'Extreme Programming.'
For more see:
Kent on Twitter
Kent's Three Rivers Institute
And the active Extreme Programming group on Yahoo (email@example.com)