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Practices of an Agile Developer


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Pages 208
Release P6.0 (2011-08-25)
ISBN 978-0-9745-1408-6

Want to be a better developer? This book collects the personal habits, ideas, and approaches of successful agile software developers and presents them in a series of short, easy-to-digest tips.

You’ll learn how to improve your software development process, see what real agile practices feel like, avoid the common temptations that kill projects, and keep agile practices in balance.

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About This Book

Adapting to change is key to successful software development.

Many books and articles have been written describing agile, adaptable approaches to writing software. But somehow, reading about software development isn’t the same as actually doing it, so readers typically come away uninspired—few books describe what agile development actually feels like, or how to tell if you’re doing it well.

Now you can see for yourself what agile is all about. Not just “what you should do,” but also “how it really works.” Noted authors and consultants Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt share their experiences and reveal pragmatic, practical agile development practices that work in the real world of modern, commercial software development.

You’ll see how to:

  • Establish and maintain an agile working environment
  • Deliver what users really want
  • Use personal agile techniques for better coding and debugging
  • Use effective collaborative techniques for better teamwork
  • Move to an agile approach

You’ll succeed in delivering and meeting your user’s expectations. You’ll be able to keep normal project pressure from turning into disastrous stress while writing code, and see how to effectively coordinate mentors, team leads, and developers in harmony.

Of course, you could learn all this stuff the hard way, but this book can save you time and pain. Read it today, and you’ll be a better developer—today.

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Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored more than 3000 software developers in the US, Canada, and Europe. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at conferences. Venkat is also an adjunct professor for the practice of computer science at University of Houston and teaches at Rice University School for Continuing Studies.

Andy Hunt has developed software for more than twenty years and knows firsthand what makes a project succeed. Andy is a coauthor of the best-selling book The Pragmatic Programmer, is an author of the Agile Manifesto, and is a cofounder of the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publisher of award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

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