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Agile Technical Practices Distilled

By : Pedro M. Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di Gioia
Book Image

Agile Technical Practices Distilled

By: Pedro M. Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di Gioia

Overview of this book

The number of popular technical practices has grown exponentially in the last few years. Learning the common fundamental software development practices can help you become a better programmer. This book uses the term Agile as a wide umbrella and covers Agile principles and practices, as well as most methodologies associated with it. You’ll begin by discovering how driver-navigator, chess clock, and other techniques used in the pair programming approach introduce discipline while writing code. You’ll then learn to safely change the design of your code using refactoring. While learning these techniques, you’ll also explore various best practices to write efficient tests. The concluding chapters of the book delve deep into the SOLID principles - the five design principles that you can use to make your software more understandable, flexible and maintainable. By the end of the book, you will have discovered new ideas for improving your software design skills, the relationship within your team, and the way your business works.
Table of Contents (31 chapters)
Free Chapter
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Chapter 21
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In pair programming, each person takes a turn assuming one of these roles:

  • Driver: Responsible for the coding work, such as typing, moving the mouse, and so on.
  • Navigator: Responsible for reviewing the driver's work, looking at the code from a strategic level and continuously posing questions, such as:

How will this fit with the rest of the code?

Will this implementation require changes elsewhere?

Could we design this program better?

Are there any accidental mistakes?


If you are in a position of power, authority, or seniority, it's on you to make sure your pair enjoys a good experience when pairing with you. Avoid using your power to impose decisions or making your pair feel uncomfortable while pairing with you.