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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)
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Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Chapter 21
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Chapter 17

Behavior-Driven Development

The causes of defects lie in worker errors, and defects are the results of neglecting those errors. It follows that mistakes will not turn into defects if worker errors are discovered and eliminated beforehand.

– Shiego Shingo

I was still in Italy the first time I was responsible for the development of a very important project for a successful startup. The company wanted to improve their systems in terms of scaling. They had an old system written in Visual Basic (VB), which wasn't optimized for the always-increasing volume of items coming into the warehouse.

This was when.NET Framework had just come out, and the startup wanted to replace their old system. However, the most exciting aspect was that the scope wasn't limited to a simple code rewrite. The software was meant to generate data from a manual operation of cataloging real items. The company was aware that the process needed improving as well, so...