Monday, July 19, 2004

Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET

This week I finished reading Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET
By James Newkirk and Alexei Vorontsov
I give this book seven out of ten
What I liked about it:
It is easily to read. The topics are well presented and clearly defined.
The book introduces the concepts behind TDD (Test Driven Development)
Some of the less trivial aspects of TDD are discussed, like testing web services or using transactions.
Refactoring is introduced very well in chapter three.
The concepts of FIT are well explained and demonstrated.
In order to get a ten:
The book needs to decide who the target audience is. The material seemed too hard for a first introduction book and too simple for advanced developers.
As the book is about TDD it should have spent more time examining the benefits of developing software using this approach.
I would have liked to have seen more real world (hard to solve) problems tackled.

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