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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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Spending significant amounts of time pairing can be very exhausting. Keeping the communication channel open while coding is an extra activity that pairs have to do all the time. Things that are trivial for someone may not be as trivial for someone else at that point. After a few pairing iterations, people involved in pair programming are usually tired, and this leads to decreased clarity and/or pair dysfunction.

Never forget we are human beings doing an intellectually intensive task. As humans, our potential is extraordinary, but we are not immune to failures, especially when tired. If you want to give your best when programming, avoid pushing your mental stamina beyond its boundaries. A sustainable pace is key.


Remember to have breaks when you are working and especially when pairing.


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