on 19 August 2004
Ron Jeffries provides a diarist's account of building a fairly simple application using most of the XP principles, and in doing so provides the reader with a gradual introduction and practical example of the methodology in use. The writing style is conversational and sometimes witty, making for an enjoyable book to read for anyone who is interested in XP. The book is largely a rewrite of articles from his XP website, but there is sufficient new material in the book to make it a worthwhile purchase.
on 22 July 2005
Brilliant book which shows how a "real" programmer goes about his work. If you're new to Extreme Programming or Agile Development there are other books to read to get the theory but if you want to be shown how to do it "in the trenches" then look no further. Ron is an excellent writer whose style is relaxed and cheerful.
One piece of advice, follow the code by keying it in yourself, you will learn and it should even be fun, was for me!
on 19 April 2004
Don't buy this book if you want a C# reference guide. Don't buy it if you want to see perfect examples of how to code in C# on every page. Do buy it if you want to explore a major new language with a programmer who's been around the block a few times. Ron writes in an accessible style about his voyage of exploration learning C# through the application of Extreme Programming techniques. When he makes mistakes we get to see them - sometimes we may even spot them before he does. A most unusual and informative work, and Microsoft should also be congratulated for having the boldness to publish something a little different.