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5.0 out of 5 stars Great practical patterns book, October 8, 2004
This review is from: Java Testing Patterns (Paperback)
I've only read a couple patterns books, including the classic GoF. The only thing I don't like about the GoF book is that the explanations are very academic and the examples are far from useful in my work.

What I like about this Java testing patterns book is that it is extremely practical and therefor useful. For me it bridged the gap from a highly theoretical treatment of patterns to a detailed understanding of how to really employ patterns while coding in Java. The examples are rich and detailed and reflect the kind of development work I do (ie the examples are not simple strawmen set up to demonstrate an isolated concept).

Also, this book does a very good job of presenting a selection of patterns that you are likely to use *in combination* and with popular development tools. For instance the book not only describes the Mock Object, MockDAO, and Test Database patterns but also explains best practices for using DbUnit, JUnit, and other tools when testing code written with these patterns. I'm extremely thankful for that advice which is the kind of thing I've not found anywhere else.

The code actually works (amazing!) and is very useful. The formatting is at times a little odd in the book but it is defintitely readable.

I also appreciate the size of the UML diagrams and their readability...thank you for not squeezing them all on one page!

The only downside to this book is that I wish it covered more patterns. Hopefully the authors will cover more in the next edition or release more material on the Web site.
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