- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley (10 December 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321303636
- ISBN-13: 978-0321303639
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
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Extreme .Net: Introducing EXtreme Programming Techniques to .NET Developers Paperback – 10 Dec 2004
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"At last, somebody has introduced eXtreme Programming techniques to the world of .NET! Through enjoyable writing and tons of hands-on exercises, Dr. Neil explains how to use the best techniques from eXtreme Programming to vastly improve developer productivity within the .NET Framework."
―George Bullock, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
eXtreme .NET shows developers and team leaders how to incorporate eXtreme Programming (XP) practices with .NET-connected technologies to create high-quality, low-cost code that will build better software. This practical, realistic guidebook systematically covers key elements of XP methodology in the specific context of the Microsoft .NET Framework, Visual Studio .NET, Visual C#, and related Microsoft .NET-enabled applications.
Leading .NET and XP mentor Dr. Neil Roodyn covers planning, task definition, test-driven development, user interfaces, refactoring, spiking, pair programming, and much more. Dr. Neil offers field-proven advice for everything from automating builds to integrating third-party libraries. He also incorporates valuable exercises and presents a start-to-finish case study that shows exactly how XP and Microsoft .NET interoperate throughout an entire development project. Coverage includes
Where to start if you've never used XP or other Agile methods before
Pair programming: Turning .NET programming into a collaborative game
Test-Driven development: Making sure your .NET code works as intended while it's easiest to fix
Refactoring: Organizing your .NET code to improve flexibility and enable changes more readily
Continuous integration and automated build/test: Enhancing quality in distributed, component-based systems
Spiking: Using rapid experimentation to validate your expectations about behavior in the .NET Framework
The importance of customer input to successful projects
How to test .NET user interfaces and third-party libraries
The Microsoft .NET Framework is today's most productive development platform. XP represents a fundamental breakthrough in building higher-value software. Combine them: transform your team into an eXtreme .NET team that can accomplish more than ever before. This book will show you how―starting with your very next project.
Dr. Neil Roodyn has been actively involved with eXtreme Programming since 1999, and founded Sydney's eXtreme Programming Activity Club (SyXPAC). He has helped drive the adoption of the .NET Framework in Australia through his work as a project leader, consultant, instructor, and mentor. His clients have ranged from Microsoft to Rogue Wave and he has helped launch several software startups. Dr. Neil holds a Ph.D. from University College London where he specialized in software architectures for real-time systems.
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Looking at the table of contents, the book would seem to cover all the essential stuff, including Refactoring, test-driven development, pair programming and testing, as well as some supporting practices such as automated builds. While I enjoyed reading Dr. Roodyn's writing and the content is quite nice a mix indeed, I am still left with this itch that I'm missing something -- I suspect that something is more discussion about the low-level techniques, tools, etc. that I'm so at home with when doing Java. It also might be that while the book focuses so much on the examples with a relatively light overview on the forces driving the practices, I'm feeling like I'm being shown the "what" and "how" but not the "why". Having said that, the examples (both user stories and development tasks as well as the code snippets) used in the book are excellent and well chosen in terms of complexity. Dr. Roodyn managed to avoid the most advanced features of the language of choice, C#, which made my life a lot easier, being new to the platform.
In summary, I wouldn't recommend this book as an introduction to Extreme Programming because it doesn't go down that road far enough. I also wouldn't recommend it as a reference or tutorial for setting up the development environment to support XP because it doesn't cover nearly enough details. I would, however, recommend it to follow up that introductory "generic" XP book a .NET developer should read first. Dr. Roodyn's description of the development process is definitely worth the effort if you're not quite sure about how test-driven development works in practice or about how those stories are broken down to tasks.
Roodyn uses simple code examples to show how you might apply XP to C#/.NET development. The code is easy enough that his messages should be clear. He also talks about the general ideas of XP. Like a systematic use of unit testing for improved robustness. Of all the features of XP, this may be its strongest and least controversial point.
You should be aware of widespread dissent in the programming community about XP. Many experienced programmers have deep reservations (to put it politely) about some features of XP and about how broadly XP can or should be applied. These qualms have nothing to do with .NET, per se. So if you are reading this book, it will certainly teach you XP. Just be wary of thinking that it is the best way to program.
I thought that this book will tell me how to do TDD in a business application. Getting a class to return a string and writing Unit Tests for that is lame. Of course in business applications we deal with data. But there is much more involved, database, messaging, UI, etc. No mention of any of these.
Oh yes! and the most idiotic chapter was on writing test code for UI.
Overall, it was an absolute waste of money. I got tricked by other reviews here, and bought the book. Big mistake.
I'm annoyed by the fact that this book has wasted my time, by promising to be something totally different than what it really is. I cannot give it anymore than 1 star.
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