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Very useful book, but who is the target audiance?,
This review is from: Java Extreme Programming Cookbook (Paperback)
I have to say that I like the book, much more than some other titles from the O'Reilly Cookbook series. The format of the 'cookbooks' is very special and the target audience is thus specific, I believe.
The book starts with a chapter introducing the basic XP principles, mentioning a number of tools widely used by XP practitioners. No breaking news, useful only for someone with no knowledge about XP - and hey, is there anybody like that at all these days? ;-)
The rest of the book is the core you are looking for - every chapter contains a short (sometimes too short) introduction to the tool which is the topic of the given chapter. After that there is a number of 'recipes' describing actual use scenarios of the tool in question. Some of these are trivial, other ones contain quite detailed description of tasks with medium complexity.
I have to mention I liked the fact there is a number of internal cross-references in the book, linking the corresponding recipes and tools. This improves the usefulness of the book a lot.
Originally I was going to award the book with 4 stars only, but as I like it pretty much it's worth 5 stars to me. But be warned - study the table of contents before you decide to buy the book. It serves as a detailed list of topics you can learn about...