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Extreme Programming with Ant: Building and Deploying Java Applications with JSP, EJB, XSLT, XDoclet, and JUnit

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From the Back Cover:

You?ve heard about Extreme Programming. You might have read articles or books describing the XP process, but what next? How do you implement XP principles into an actual Java project? This unique book explains everything you need for XP development, starting with Ant, the popular Java build tool. The authors describe every stage of a real-world project life cycle?testing, refactoring, versioning, deployment, and more?with practical examples that you can immediately put to use in your own projects.

Every aspect of an XP project includes unique challenges, and Extreme Programming with Ant works through each step of the process.

  • Mitigate risks by creating spike tests with Ant buildfiles
  • Add version control and testing with JUnit
  • Automate nightly builds and reporting
  • Deploy applications dynamically using XDoclet
  • Add additional team members after a project is underway
  • Write custom Ant components to facilitate deployment
  • Adapt an XP process for use by other teams or across an enterprise

Throughout the book, the authors include dozens of ideas for extending Ant with useful custom features such as generating UML diagrams and creating reports and metrics on-the-fly. All code and examples have been built, tested, and deployed using Ant 1.5.3.

About the Author

Jeremy Poteet is the Chief Security Officer for appDefense, a consulting company specializing in application security. He is a CISSP and was the winner in the 2002 eWeek OpenLabs OpenHack IV competition, and has more than 15 years experience in software development. Jeremy has promoted Ant as the build process and XP as a development methodology for both internal projects and with various clients across the country. He has led numerous Java development and XP projects and has incorporated Ant at several customer sites. He has been involved in every aspect of the software development process, with team sizes ranging from 1 to over 100.

Glenn Niemeyer is a consultant with Technology Partners Inc., a Mid-west based Consulting Firm. He has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and 15 years of experience in software development. Glenn joined Technology Partners in 1996, and has been a technical team leader and project leader on a number of software development projects. He is also active in the area of Application Security. Glenn can be reached at gniemeyer@tech-partners.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (May 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672325624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672325625
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,793,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before I proceed further with the review, I should note that I am the co-author of Java Development with Ant, the book which has been the best selling book about Ant to date. Thus if I were critical of this book, you'd know where I was coming from.
But I am not going to be critical -I am going to say nice things about it, and give it 5 stars as anything else would be unfair. This is a really good introduction to Extreme Programming in Java using Ant, Junit and XDoclet.
After a quick intro to the concepts of XP, this book follows the story of a team that is using the XP methodology to get stuff out the door. First Ant is introduced, the JUnit -the latter being the key to test-centric development. Then as the chapters progress, the new problems are introduced and the code and the build process refactored and expanded to adapt. I particularly like the chapter where a business merger forces a team reorganisation -organisation change does effect projects, but most software engineering books ignore such events, along with team member dynamics in general. It also repeatedly reinforces the need for automated builds and tests, and has some basic coverage of CruiseControl. CC is the system that keeps our team in check: whenever you break the build, you get email. I get a lot of email.
It doesn't go into significant depth in Ant -you will (of course) need the on line documentation, and I would also point my own book. Mostly this isn't an issue -the only place where I had significant differences of opinion was when the book recommended using the <jspc> task to precompile JSP pages for tomcat. If the authors had tracked the Ant dev mail list, or the open bugreps related to this task, they'd know not to encourage that, because the underlying jasperc doesnt really let you.
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Pros: Nice writing style, clear and not boring, touches not only Ant but quite a few other open-source tools and the Xtreme programming ways... Cons: its vast breath is counterbalanced by
little depth. Ant 's coverage is appropriate to get you started working with it quickly, and to have you appreciate what this tool can do for you. Forget about being able to work with JUnit or XDoclet just by reading this book. You will barely discover that they exist.. and expect a lot of painful hours spent on the traditionally poor open-source docs.
Overall a good buy though. If you want a more in-depth treatment of Ant I recommend Java Development With Ant
by Erik Hatcher, Steve Loughran
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This book is a "must-have" for anyone who will be leading a development project, in addition to being extremely useful for any developer. The extreme programming section is wonderful - it does a great job of explaining a very useful methodology for delivering a successful, on-time, within-budget project. The book also thoroughly explains each topic (such as using Ant for compilation, unit testing, etc) and gives plenty of examples so it's easy to understand. I would definitely use this book every step of the way for a major development project!
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