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Extreme Programming Pocket Guide 1st Edition

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chromatic manages Onyx Neon Press, an independent publisher. His areas of expertise include agile software development, language design, and virtual machines for dynamic languages. He is also a published novelist. His books include The Art of Agile Development and Masterminds of Programming.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596004850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004859
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
In today's world of tech books that are hundreds of pages long, it's nice to see a short, "no fluff" guide to a subject that is actually usable. This book fills that bill nicely.
Even if you've read about and implemented XP in your shop, there are times you need to review one of the points about how it all works together. Since the author covers all the main points of XP, you can quickly find the information you need. You also get a nice cross-reference at the end of each chapter that shows how each point relies on other parts of the methodology. I find this very useful if you are faced with having to modify XP for your use. It's recommended that you implement XP in its entirety, as it's meant to be more than the sum of its part. But if you have to tweak something, you know how it will affect the other areas.
I would not recommend this book as your only resource if you were just starting to implement XP. You really need to read Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck. He's the founder of XP, and that book goes into much more detail as to the whys of the process. But this book is one that each member of the team should have to keep the concepts fresh.
This is a very good book to use as a supplemental reference or reminder guide if you're using the XP methodology. If you were looking for a concise explanation of XP, this would also work for you. If you were looking for a more in-depth explanation of the methodology, I would recommend one of the books by Kent Beck.
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If you are looking for a quick introduction to Extreme Programming (XP), then this is your book. Inside this gem is the essence of XP. chromatic has boiled down the original XP manifesto (extreme programming explained by Kent Beck) and many other books in the XP series into one little book.
The book covers the following topics:
XP Values
XP Practices
XP Events
XP Artifacts
XP Roles
Coding, XP Style
Adopting XP
While much of the information in this pocket guide is available in other books, I do not think that I have seen such a concise summary of Extreme Programming before. I would recommend this book to anyone who may be gathering an XP team together or is interested in learning the highlights of XP in a short time. That said, experienced XP practitioners will not find anything new in this book, but if you need a quick reference this book may be for you as well.
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It's been more than a decade since XP took of with the good and mostly bad reputation it had initially. In all that time many have succeeded and many have failed using XP. All that experience has been distilled into the current XP principles and practices presented in this book.

This book in a very short format tells you how XP works. It does not try to convert you to the cause. It just presents in a organized way the principles and practices and how they support each other. The book does not get into how to implement those practices like scrum, peer programming, test driven development, etc. There are full books devoted to each of those. The value of this book comes from showing to the reader how all these come together supporting each other and ensuring the development system stay in balance.

You will easily understand then why something does not work in your XP shop. And if you are new to the XP this should be a required read before any other of the XP books.
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This was a good overview of XP, and provides all the basic tools in one concise format. I found it more helpful than "Exteme Programming: Explained", but not quite as helpful as "Extreme Programming: Installed"
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This guide is very concise & straight to the point. Do not be fool by its size. Team and project managers along with business analysts should find this guide very useful. This pocket book is an easy read that packs enough meat to get you going with Extreme Programming. It is written for anyone who is interested on knowing about XP.

By the end of the book you'll have a clear understanding of why use XP programming, practices, events, roles, code principles & style. Best of all, it provides you with clear examples and suggestions on how to adopt this methodology.
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I needed a break recently, so I pulled this tiny work off the stack of review books (now 30 books high) and blasted through it in a short hour.

It's short, sweet, to the point, also injected with the occasional XP Dogma Line such as if you don't implement all 12 practices then you're not doing real XP and your manhood will shrivel or your womb will be barren. I get tired of that line, but the rest of the book is truely golden.

It's concise and lays out great sections on why one should consider XP, roles in XP, artifiacts, and a few others. The real wealth is the section on XP practices where the 12 tenets are laid out in concise, reasonable fashion. These practices are clear and understandable without a bunch of mystical handwaving or badly-written example scenarios I've suffered through in a couple other XP books. (Roodyn's Extreme .NET comes to mind as a painful example of that.)

The book's conciseness and focus makes it a perfect tool if you're trying to sell XP to your management, team, or co-workers.
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