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The right (practical) way to start up a xp java team
on 4 April 2002
... I think it's hard to practice all 12 practices of the xp methodology but there are some, the more practical, that are very useful and necessary even if you don't want to make xp: the incremental test first programming, using JUnit, Cactus, HttpUnit and continuous integration, using Ant. The book is about these and more open source tools, which means that we can just download them, use them and if we can, improve them. And this is great. But open source tools often lacks in printed documetation and if you are not involved in their development it could be difficult to start using them. In this case this book is just what you need.
The first part of the book is simply great, well written (I'm italian, as you can read), there's a lot of code (you can download it from the book site). The author divided the example in a simple example (just to start to use the tools) and in a case study, to apply the practice in a real world project. In about 240 pages you will use Ant, JUnit, HttpUnit, Cactus, JMeter, JUnitPerf, and if you are not an expert there is an intro about the j2ee deployment architecture too.
The second part isn't so useful: it's the reference for Ant tag and the api reference (about 150 pages). You would pay the same for the book wothout the reference, so consider it as a gift.