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Java Extreme Programming Cookbook Paperback – March 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0596003876 ISBN-10: 0596003870 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003876
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Burke is an O'Reilly author and a Principal Software Engineer with Object Computing, Inc. in St Louis, MO. He specializes in Java and his job duties include consulting, training and public speaking engagements. Brian M. Coyner is a Senior Software Engineer with Object Computing, Inc. in St Louis, MO. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from Southeast Missouri State University, and specializes in Java training and consulting. When he is not working, which is rare, Brian enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

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It will also give you clear explanations and examples of good techniques.
Daniel J. Troesser
The book is a good reference tool and could save someone a lot of time, but look elsewhere for more in-depth explanations.
C. M. Lowry
The tools covered are the build tool Ant, various testing tools, like JUnit, HttpUnit, Cactus and JunitPerf, and XDoclet.
Michael Marr

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting work because while it does have the cookbook format it isn't really a cookbook. The book starts with an introduction to the XP methodology (which is concise and great), and then has chapters on a number of tools (Ant, JUnit, HTTPUnit, XDoclet, Tomcat, etc.). Each of these technology chapters has a number of 'recipes' which are in fact how-to segments about commonly used tasks around these technologies. Now these sections are great and I think anyone looking at these technologies should consider this book a quick and concise way to learn the fundamentals.
That being said the book fails somewhat, and thus the four stars, because it isn't organized in the problem/solution manner of the cookbooks. Most of the chapters are about testing but these are organized around the tool and not the problem. I would have preferred a section on web development that combined information on Tomcat and Ant, and one on web testing that talked about HTTPUnit, JUnit and Ant. In that way the book addresses problem areas without relying on the reader to understand the tool that would address his problem in addition to understanding his problem at hand.
My gripe is not so critical. The content in the book still remains very valuable and if you are looking for a concise how-to in these Java technologies you should have a look at this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank Carver on October 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book covers a very similar selection of tools and techniques to "Java Tools for Extreme Programming" by Hightower and Lesiecki, and in a broadly similar way. Both use the currently fashionable idea of Extreme Programming (XP) to attract readers to a collection of short pieces about a bunch of useful tools for Java programming.
The XP stuff is covered quickly at the start, the meat of the book is in the "recipes", which walk you through configuring and using tools such as Ant, JUnit, Cactus etc. to build, unit-test and manage the development of a Java project.
The tools and tips the authors have chosen to include are a good representation of current practice, but I have a few reservations about the organization and structure of the book. My biggest worry is whether the target reader is actually likely to find many solutions. The authors seem to assume that everyone will pore over the several pages of "contents" at the front of the book every time they hit an obstacle, but in my experience they are just as likely to flip through pages or head for the index at the back, neither of which works particularly well. Worse than that, they may never think to look in the book in the first place - the "Extreme Programming" in the title may help it sell, but it's not something that jumps to mind when you are struggling to get Ant to deploy a web application to Tomcat.
That said, I'm glad I've got it, and some of the recipes now have little sticky notes to try and remind me that it's often an unexpectedly good place to look for Java development tips.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Sant on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Java Extreme Programming Cookbook consists of a bunch of "recipes" for helping you to build and test Java programs through XP. Each recipe consists of a Problem, Solution, Discussion and a "See Also" pointer to where you can find more information about the topic. The recipes cover the following opensource technologies: Ant, JUnit, HTTPUnit, Mock Objects, Cactus, JUnitPerf and XDoclet.
Want define a classpath using Ant? Check out recipe 3.7. Wanna test a form in your web application? look at recipe 5.9. This book gives a bunch of good strategies to commonly encountered problems, but it's by no means a complete reference to the different technologies. But it will definitely get you started, and you'll be able to apply these different recipes to your own development environment.
The organization of the recipes and consistency between the chapters is where this book lost points in its rating. Want to know how to run JUnit with Ant? look in the Ant chapter. Want to know how to run HTTPUnit with Ant? Look in the HTTPUnit chapter. The Cactus chapter has a nice recipe about "When not to use Cactus" and the JUnitPerf chapter has a nice recipe about "When to use JUnitPerf" it would have been VERY helpful to have such sections for EACH technology discussed in the book, but alas the book is inconsistent.
Overall, I think this is a good book to jump-start you into an XP development environment using open source technologies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Lowry on June 30, 2003
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Instead of digging through the documentation of your open-source tool, take a look at this book. The first two chapters give an overview of extreme programming (XP), but the rest of the chapters are focused on the tools of XP. Each of the chapters on the tools begin with a brief description of the tool (and I mean brief). The rest of the chapter is sub divided into sections. Within each section, a problem that one might encounter with the tool is introduced, then a solution is proposed and discussion of the solutions follows (with an example).
The tools covered are Ant, Junit, HttpUnit, Mock Objects, Cactus, JunitPerf and Xdoclet. Tomcat and JBoss are addressed in a chapter together. Because of the brevity and focus of the book, probably not everything that you want to know about a tool is mentioned. After you already know why and when to use a tool, this book can help with the how.
The book is a good reference tool and could save someone a lot of time, but look elsewhere for more in-depth explanations.
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