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Professional Java Tools for Extreme Programming: Ant, XDoclet, JUnit, Cactus, and Maven 1st Edition

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“...Practical account of using standard tools…”  (Visual Systems Journal, March 2005)

From the Back Cover

The Extreme Programming (XP) methodology enables you to build and test enterprise systems quickly without sacrificing quality. In the last few years, open source developers have created or significantly improved a host of Java XP tools, from XDoclet, Maven, AntHill, and Eclipse to Ant, JUnit, and Cactus. This practical, code-intensive guide shows you how to put these tools to work–and capitalize on the benefits of Extreme Programming.

Using an example pet store application, our expert Java developers demonstrate how to harness the latest versions of Ant and XDoclet for automated building and continuous integration. They then explain how to automate the testing process using JUnit, Cactus, and other tools, and to enhance project management and continuous integration through Maven and AntHill. Finally, they show you how to work with XP tools in the new Eclipse IDE.

Complete with real-world advice on how to implement the principles and practices of effective developers, this book delivers everything you need to harness the power of Extreme Programming in your own projects.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to automate the building of J2EETM apps and components with Ant and XDoclet
  • Techniques for automating Java testing using JUnit
  • Procedures for automating servlet, JSP, and other J2EE testing using Cactus
  • Ways to automate Swing testing with Jemmy, JFCUnit, and Abbot
  • How to manage projects using Maven
  • Techniques for automating continuous integration with AntHill and Cruise Control
  • How to harness plugins for JUnit, Cactus, and Ant in the Eclipse IDE
  • Ways to implement Extreme Programming best practices

Who this book is for

This book is for enterprise Java developers who have a general familiarity with the XP methodology and want to put leading Java XP tools to work in the development process.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (April 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556173
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find if you are doing J2EE development this book is a must-have! Even if you are not doing XP. Don't let the XP title turn you off from this book.
At first glance at this book, I thought it was trying to be too many things to too many people. It seems to contain every buzzword: Opensource, Extreme Programming, Java, JSP, TagLibs, EJB, etc.
However the book focuses on applying Ant, JUnit and Cactus to J2EE development.
The book is very J2EE and web application centric. A small part of the book had very choppy flow--a few rough spots. Mostly (95%) the book is well written. Generally the book is easy to follow.
My favorite chapters are the ones on JUnitPerf and Cactus.
The case studies are a little long, but they can be skipped and returned to later.
The source code on the website is hidden in plain site. It took a while to find it.
The description above and title miss an important point. The book is J2EE/Jakarta centric. J2EE testing and continous integration can be very difficult without the use of Ant, JUnit, HttpUnit and Cactus.
The description of the book on the companion website clears up the missing points well. I found the description while searching for the source code.
From the companion website:
"Java Tools for eXtreme Programming describes techniques for implementing the Extreme Programming practices of Automated Testing and Continuous Integration using Open Source tools, e.g., Ant, JUnit, HttpUnit, JMeter, and much more."
"The book contains small examples and tutorials on each tool. The examples cover building, deploying, and testing Java and J2EE applications."
"In addition to small examples, there are larger case studies. The case studies are larger more realistic examples.
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This book is not about extreme programming (XP). Rather it teaches open source software tools we can use to utilize one important aspect of XP: Continuous testing. XP principles say that you should write your unit test code according to the requirements *before* you write any application code. That guarantees that your software meets the minimum requirements for now. And if refactoring is needed in the future (likely), you will have a set of unit tests that can guarantee the changes you make are correct. In this book, the authors discuss frameworks and tools to write and automate the testing process for sophisticated application server software.
The authors started with Jakarta build tool ANT. As a build automation tool, ANT is used throughout the rest of the article to provide an integration point for other test tools. ANT itself is not very complicated (It is designed to be easy-to-use!). The book goes through simple ANT syntax and build processes. The authors also give an advanced example of automating the build and deployment process of a complex J2EE web application. It is a nice review of different components of a J2EE application and how they work together.
After ANT, the authors move on to discuss the popular Java unit test framework JUnit. JUnit is not really so much a "tool" since it only offers very simple implementing classes. But rather, it is a "framework" that provides the conceptual basis of object oriented unit testing. It defines the steps to setup and execute tests. JUnit can be extended to make specialized and automated tests for complex circumstances.
One such specialized, JUnit based testing tool is Jakarta Cactus for J2EE application unit testing. This book really shines in its explanation and extensive examples on how to install, setup and use Cactus.
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I have been struggling with turning XP methodology into a solid development process. We've had some success at my company but most times we've met frustrations primarily because we were trying to teach old tools new tricks.
Rick Hightower's java Tools for XP has made a big difference for us. My team has been able to use the tools described in this book to actually DO unit testing, and we've already automated a significant portion of our testing and deployment processes. Its also let us make a good case for open source tools at my company.
I agree with one reviewer that the chapter on the sample application is tough to get through. This chapter is LONG!!! But it was worth it because obviously you have to understand you application to build appropriate tests. The tests in the book did a great job of showing us what we should be doing with our own applications.
Maybe it's a learning style difference but I disagree with the reviewer who complained about the API chapters. I found them useful because 1) they weren't a lame rehash of the docs, and 2) they have a ton of code snippets. So I read the chapters to get the overall gist of the tool and see examples of it working, and then mainly used the API chapters at the back to build my tests.
One small complaint about the book: I was suprised when I got it that the cover was washed out. It looked like Amazon had it sitting in their window for a while before they sent it to me. But hey, the inside sure is easy to read!
Overall I definitely recommend this book as the first book to make XP real.
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