Tuesday, 14 February 2006
The project is not just one big success story; Ron shares his mistakes with us so that we may learn from them. The book is interspersed with "lessons", where Ron reflects on the preceding section and tries to identify important points, either things that he felt worked well, or things the mistakes he made, and what he thinks could be done to try and avoid similar mistakes . Also throughout the book are sentences marked "sb", for "sound bite". These are short phrases which summarise a point, like "It's Chet's fault" (don't focus on finding who's at fault when things go wrong, rather focus on fixing the problem), or "You Aren't Gonna Need It" (focus on what needs doing now, rather than what you think you'll need for later). It is these lessons and sound bites which provide the "message" of the book — Ron's belief that incremental development, done test-first, with simple design, continuous refactoring and a focus on producing value for the customer is an effective method of producing high quality software.
If you like Ron's other writing you'll love this book. If you've never read Ron's stuff before and are interested in learning a bit about how he applies the principles of XP (and maybe a little C#), it's worth reading; you might even enjoy it.
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