Extreme Programming Pocket Guide
By Chromatic
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2003
Pages: 108

Extreme Programming (XP) is a radical new approach to software development that has been accepted quickly because its core practices--the need for constant testing, programming in pairs, inviting customer input, and the communal ownership of code--resonate with developers everywhere. Although many developers feel that XP is rooted in commonsense, its vastly different approach can bring challenges, frustrations, and constant demands on your patience.Unless you've got unlimited time (and who does these days?), you can't always stop to thumb through hundreds of pages to find the piece of information you need. The Extreme Programming Pocket Guide is the answer. Concise and easy to use, this handy pocket guide to XP is a must-have quick reference for anyone implementing a test-driven development environment.The Extreme Programming Pocket Guide covers XP assumptions, principles, events, artifacts, roles, and resources, and more. It concisely explains the relationships between the XP practices. If you want to adopt XP in stages, the Extreme Programming Pocket Guide will help you choose what to apply and when. You'll be surprised at how much practical information is crammed into this slim volume.O'Reilly's Pocket Guides have become a favorite among developers everywhere. By providing a wealth of important details in a concise, well-organized format, these handy books deliver just what you need to complete the task at hand. When you've reached a sticking point in your work and need to get to a solution quickly, the new Extreme Programming Pocket Guide is the book you'll want to have beside your keyboard.

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practical guide to XP

By Mirko

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


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    Comments about oreilly Extreme Programming Pocket Guide:

    In comparison to the original XP book by Kent Beck this one gives practical advises how to implememt XP, what roles and standard procedures are there whereas Beck's book is much more philosophical.

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    By Larry Gray

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    This book superbly condences practices that could have a positive effect on any methodology that a programmer currently has in use. I have read it twice and found it hard to find lines to highlight because I seemed to want to highlight all of them. If you are looking for a good methodology that will help your open source projects(or otherwise), this is it.

    I code open source and I use sourceforge with cvs for a repository. Most of what is in this book I feel can be applied in some way. While its difficult to implement the war room and pair coding, this can be emulated. WWW and possibly IRC can be the war room. Pair coding can be one guy writing, the other reviewing. But I found all other aspects of XP to be most helpful, especially in the adopting of new priciples, practices, methods, standards and in the reorganization of my projects. Among that, XP Style, Artifacts and one very useful Metric for tracking your ability to estimate task time.

    Great book, will improve your work.

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    By Wade Matveyenko

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    Comments about oreilly Extreme Programming Pocket Guide:

    If you are looking for a quick introduction to Extreme Programming (XP), then this is your book. Inside this gem is the essence of XP. chromatic has boiled down the original XP manifesto (extreme programming explained by Kent Beck) and many other books in the XP series into one little book.

    The book covers the following topics:

    XP Values

    XP Practices

    XP Events

    XP Artifacts

    XP Roles

    Coding, XP Style

    Adopting XP

    While much of the information in this pocket guide is available in other books, I do not think that I have seen such a concise summary of Extreme Programming before. I would recommend this book to anyone who may be gathering an XP team together or is interested in learning the highlights of XP in a short time. That said, experienced XP practitioners will not find anything new in this book, but if you need a quick reference this book may be for you as well.

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