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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 3

Classic TDD II

I'm not a great programmer; I'm just a good programmer with great habits.

– Kent Beck

Like most developers starting TDD, I encountered a common blocker: coming up with good test names. With experience and a little help from other programmers, I learned to not reach for the test name too soon. I give the test a temporary name; foo is a fine name. Then I concentrate on what the assertion should look like for the behavior I'm testing. Once I get the assertion right, I need to think how I get there. Once I have all this, naming the test becomes so much easier.