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A Treasure Trove of Useful Information and Handy Tips,
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This review is from: Java Extreme Programming Cookbook (Paperback)This is a fairly lightweight book, but don't think for a second that it's because there isn't much to learn from it. From start to finish, it is essentially just a breakdown of common problems and "I'd like to"s, each accompanied by a succinct and often insightful solutions; sometimes a couple of pages, sometimes less than half a page. The coverage of Ant and JUnit is excellent, as is the advice on creating short, sharp unit tests that run with every compilation cycle.
This is, however, a cookbook, and only to be approached if you already have a working knowledge of the topics covered. It will not teach you about Ant build files, but it will teach you how to write better ones. Also, the recipes are only useful if you know they're actually _there_, so read through the book first and have it on your desk for when you get that spark of insight!