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2.0 out of 5 stars poor editing, not worth buying, October 7, 2004
This review is from: Java Testing Patterns (Paperback)
"Java Testing Patterns" is one of those books where it appears nobody edited. Java class/method names and acronyms are used in lower/upper case interchangeably. Writing class names in all lowercase in a Java book doesn't inspire much confidence in the accuracy of the rest of the book. There are many typos and inconsistencies that make it hard to read.

The formatting is also very poor. The code looks good in Eclipse, but not in the book. Lines wrap without indentation. Similarly, UML diagrams are randomly split into pages. They are supposed to be on the web, but they aren't yet.

The intro states a target audience of "software engineers, engineering managers and software testers." This book is heavily reliant on reading code. After the first few chapters, I don't think managers or testers would benefit.

Speaking of code, I think the code is too verbose and complicated - especially for a book. A few times, a simple JavaBean's source takes up one to two pages. One DAO takes up 12 pages. There is a test method with 16 branches. These examples make understanding quite difficult.

Now as for what the book does well. There are five good chapters on patterns. However, two are in essence the Factory and State patterns. The appendices are very good too. I wouldn't buying a book for three chapters and some appendices. Other books cover the material better. I would not recommend this book in its current edition.
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