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Extreme Programming Applied: Playing to Win 1st Edition

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Extreme Programming (XP) is a significant departure from traditional software development methods, one that is ushering in a change for both developers and business people. It is an agile methodology, which enables highly productive teams to produce quality software from rapidly changing or unclear requirements. XP is disciplined software craftsmanship, elevating best practices in software analysis, design, testing, implementation, and project management to a new level. Extreme Programming Applied helps you begin using the principles behind this revolutionary concept.

Even as the popularity of XP grows, many programmers and developers are still seeking practical advice on getting started. They find themselves in search of an XP roadmap, one that points to paths around the obstacles.

Extreme Programming Applied is just that roadmap, a pragmatic guide to getting started with Extreme Programming. It helps programmers and project managers take their first steps toward applying the XP discipline. This book is not a tutorial, however. It uses real-world experience to educate readers about how to apply XP in their organizations. The authors offer guidelines for implementing XP, illustrating key points with valuable stories from successful XP pioneers.


About the Author

Ken Auer is the founder and president of RoleModel Software, one of the world's first companies dedicated to Extreme Programming. He is well-known for his expertise in the practical application of object technology, and has been a frequent speaker and tutorial and workshop leader at various industry conferences for nearly fifteen years. He has published articles in numerous magazines (including Communications of the ACM) and is a contributing author to the Pattern Languages of Program Design series published by Addison-Wesley.

Roy Miller is a software developer at RoleModel Software. He has been developing software and managing software projects for more than seven years. He has published articles and papers on Java and Extreme Programming on IBM's developerWorks Web site and elsewhere, and speaks at conferences about how organizations can apply XP to increase competitive advantage.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201616408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201616408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Masiutin on December 26, 2002
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This is the most practical book among all the XP books ever published. You do only need to read Kent Beck's XP manifesto "Extreme Programming Explaining" before studying this book. Then you may skip all other books from the "Extreme Programming Series" and start to interpret written material about individual XP practices:
- Design Improvement: " Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code " by Martin Fowler;
- Test-Driven Development: "Test Driven Development: By Example " by Kent Beck;
- Sustainable Pace: "Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency" by Tom DeMarco;
- Pair Programming: "Pair Programming Illuminated" by Laurie Williams and Robert Kessler;
- Whole Team: "Agile Software Development" by Alistair Cockburn;
- Planning Game: "Planning Extreme Programming" by Kent Beck, Martin Fowler;
- Small Releases: "Software Project Survival Guide" by Steve C McConnell.
This book covers most of the XP practices at a glance, but with sufficient level of details. It tells in practice:
- How to introduce XP, how to overcome managers' and developers' resistance, how to set the right attitude (Part One);
- How to remember XP core values, how to handle exceptions if something has broken, e.g.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lindberg on May 20, 2002
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This is the first in-depth book on Extreme Programming (XP). If you are at home with the concepts of XP, but have lots of questions that you feel the XP literature doesn't answer -- this is the book for you! I myself have been into XP for little over two years, and I can't think of any questions I've had, that aren't addressed thoroughly by this book
The book is focused on introducing XP, dealing with things like how to tackle resistance from developers and managers; which XP practices should be implemented first; what factors are important in order to successfully implement XP, and so on.
The authors list six of the XP practices as "the bare essentials". Not that the other practices are unimportant, but they can wait until the first six are in place. The six are: Planning Game, Small Releases, Testing (unit testing only; acceptance testing can be addressed later), Pair Programming, Refactoring and Continuous Integration. These six practices are very thoroughly described, dealing with the how and why a practice works, how to start doing it, and so on. As for the remaining practices, they also explain why each practice can wait until the first six are in place.
I tried to read this book with a critical mindset, so I kept notes of things I thought they failed to address properly -- only to find that they returned to them later in the book, forcing me to cross out items on my list. What was left on my list were only minor details, except one item: I would have liked them to deal with the System Metaphor as exhaustively as the rest of the practices.
Just as "XP Explained" by Kent Beck and "XP Installed" by Ron Jeffries, et al, this book basically says that, well, it is good if you can come up with a metaphor, but if you can't, that's not too big a deal.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2002
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Right up front, I have to say that this review suffers from a bit of XP fatigue. Addison-Wesley has published a series of books on Extreme Programming (XP) and I have read them all. The reason for the fatigue is that there just does not seem to be all that much new in this book that has not been covered in the previous ones. It starts with a description of XP, the values of pair programming, the "restricted" forty hour week, relentless unit testing and so forth. This is followed by a set of scenarios about how to deal with objections to XP from developers to management. Once again, this is not all that much different from what is in previous books.
This is not to say that the book is poorly written or without value. The description of XP is well done and easy to follow. I have no doubt that XP is a methodology that works well in small projects. The set of tactics used in XP are those that developers have used for years, with the most important being the second set of eyes and brain constantly examining the code. Every developer has experienced many of those incredible moments where hours of fruitless debugging are suddenly rendered moot when another looks at the code and in less than a minute finds the problem. I am also now convinced that XP will work on big projects as well, but with one enormous proviso.
If, and this is a very large and difficult qualification, the big project is properly parsed into small sections, then XP will work. The problem is of course effectively reducing the problem into one where the pieces are small enough to be handled by XP. That has always proven to be the biggest problem in software development, and there is no reason to think that it will change in the future.
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