Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices Hardcover – 15 Oct 2002
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From the Back Cover
Best selling author and world-renowned software development expert Robert C. Martin shows how to solve the most challenging problems facing software developers, project managers, and software project leaders today.
- This comprehensive, pragmatic tutorial on Agile Development and eXtreme programming, written by one of the founding father of Agile Development:
- Teaches software developers and project managers how to get projects done on time, and on budget using the power of Agile Development.
- Uses real-world case studies to show how to of plan, test, refactor, and pair program using eXtreme programming.
- Contains a wealth of reusable C++ and Java code.
- Focuses on solving customer oriented systems problems using UML and Design Patterns.
Robert C. Martin is President of Object Mentor Inc. Martin and his team of software consultants use Object-Oriented Design, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and eXtreme Programming with worldwide clients. He is the author of the best-selling book Designing Object-Oriented C++ Applications Using the Booch Method (Prentice Hall, 1995), Chief Editor of, Pattern Languages of Program Design 3 (Addison Wesley, 1997), Editor of, More C++ Gems (Cambridge, 1999), and co-author of XP in Practice, with James Newkirk (Addison-Wesley, 2001). He was Editor in Chief of the C++ Report from 1996 to 1999. He is a featured speaker at international conferences and trade shows.
About the Author
ROBERT C. MARTIN is President of Object Mentor Inc. Martin and his team of software consultants use Object-Oriented Design, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and eXtreme Programming with worldwide clients. He is the author of the best-selling book Designing Object-Oriented C++ Applications Using the Booch Method (Prentice Hall, 1995), Chief Editor of, Pattern Languages of Program Design 3 (Addison Wesley, 1997), Editor of, More C++ Gems (Cambridge, 1999), and co-author of XP in Practice, with James Newkirk (Addison-Wesley, 2001). He was Editor in Chief of the C++ Report from 1996 to 1999. He is a featured speaker at international conferences and trade shows.
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I would suggest having read the likes of Martin Fowler's Refactoring and the GoF patterns book first, as well as knowing how JUnit works, as the value of this book is in examples of how to use the various practices and how they work together, rather than detailed introductory material.
The opening section briefly covers XP practices. Highlights are the example of refactoring a prime-number-generating program, and in particular, a long example of using Test Driven Development to write a bowling scoring application in Java.
The second part concerns itself with the various design principles associated with OOD that have crystallised in the last few years, e.g. the Liskov Substitution Principle (one of the best discussions of this I've read), the Open-Closed Principle, the Single Responsibility Principle, the Dependency Inversion Principle etc.
The rest of the book alternates between case studies and introducing design patterns. This is not the book to read to learn about design patterns, but it is an excellent resource for thinking about where those patterns are useful and what the pros and cons are.
The text is well-written and the style conversational and witty. I recommend this book highly.
1) You might want to hold on as there is a C# equivalent written coming out (0131857258), having said that this book is very relevant to C# as well as Java/C++.
2) When you get to the part of the book about designing your packages you'll probably want to look up the (free) NDepend utility.
While the concepts maybe advanced, this book is still for anyone serious enough about pragmatic software engineering. You will learn some beautiful principles to aid your development efforts, and even half way through the book you will be thinking differently about the software you design.
The book is excellent, its as simple as that.
First this is a generic book about agile and modern software development. It mainly covers principles, patterns and practices (PPP), but, it also provides some content on Methodology and processes (e.g., XP). The first chapters are easy to read and the difficulty starts to grow as you go through the book. The style is kept from the 4th chapter on, with the text being interrupted by good example code (C++ and Java) that is also very easy to read.
By being a book about three things (ie, PPP) and intelligently mixing them, you get an actual good view of these things taken into practice together by a master in the field. Therefore, this is something that will get into your memory and will make you see how all these complex things can be handled also in parallel, as they are in the reality of software development projects.
Specially fun to read is the "Appendix C. A Satire of Two Companies". "Appendix D. The Source Code Is the Design." is also a must read for anyone that wants to understand why in modern software development programming is always considered as design.
There are some practices that I still cannot agree with (the use of extern style globals for example) - but the book is written as guidelines and promotes gut feelings and "smells" of code. It's pretty amusing to read, in a geek sort'a way.
I wish I had this text back when I was university - though I'm glad I've come across it now because I know it's made me a more productive developer.
The multitude of code examples is backed up by well thought out arguments and an enjoyable writing style, I cant recommend it highly enough.
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