Testing Extreme Programming (XP Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/10/25
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The rapid rise in popularity of extreme programming (XP) has placed the practice of software testing squarely in the spotlight of application development. At one time, testing was a neglected practice, a highly specialized activity that became a mere afterthought in the hectic completion of complex, code-intensive projects.
Lisa Crispin has more than ten years of experience testing Web applications, databases, 4GLs, middleware, and business applications. She first elbowed her way onto an XP team in July 2000. Lisa has published articles based on her XP testing experience in STQE Magazine, Novatica, and other technical journals. She has also presented technical papers and seminars on XP testing in the U.S. and Europe.
Tip House, a chief systems analyst at the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, has twenty-five years of experience in software development, testing, and quality assurance. Tip is a Certified Quality Analyst, Certified Software Quality Engineer, and trained Lead Ticket Auditor. He is the creator of numerous tools for test automation and software configuration, including the WebART tool, and is the author of numerous papers and presentations on software testing, software measurement, electronic document control/collaboration, and XP.
For those who don't like to imagine of someone in the tester "role" on an XP project, the authors encourage to think of having a programmer with a "tester focus". The authors define the tester role to fill the communication gap between the user and the programmers.
For those who are already practicing XP, this book should be a good repetition of the core XP practices. If you like to refresh in memory the essential aspects of XP, read this book. The authors give their own vantage point on XP, which compliments the original Kent Beck's idea.
This book also contains the introduction to some automated test tools like JUnit (a testing framework for Java) or JWebArt (an HTTP-based web testing tool). However, the JUnit introduction given in this book won't help great deal to the C++ programmers, because the CppUnit, the C++ testing framework, have sufficient differences from JUnit. What the XP community who work with C++ really miss at the date of publication of this book is a good CppUnit manual.
The book also have essential focus on story estimation and iteration planning, from the tester's perspective. However, from the programmer's point of view, this book contain very few useful ideas. The programmers might want to refer to Ron Jeffries' "Extreme Programming Installed" for some useful testing strategies, tips and tricks.
Get this book if you are a tester, developer, coach, or project manager to understand how testers can improve your XP project.
Though I haven't yet had the experience of working on an Xtreme Programming project, I do have 30 years of hardware, systems, and software testing experience. Prior to reading this book, I read Kent Beck's "eXtreme Programming eXplained", so I had an introduction to Xtreme Programming.
Once again, this is a great book. My welcome to 2 new authors; I hope we see more books from them in the future.