Exploration Through Example

Example-driven development, Agile testing, context-driven testing, Agile programming, Ruby, and other things of interest to Brian Marick
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Thu, 23 Sep 2004

Chapter two is available

The second chapter of my draft book, Driving Projects With Examples, is now available. For some reason, it was tough to write. Hope it's not too tough to read. Let me know if it is, and if I've missed something in this topical summary. Here's the abstract:

We're about to launch into details. Those details will make sense if you understand the key themes of example-driven development. The Introduction was supposed to highlight those themes and give you an understanding of how a project operating according to them should feel. In this chapter, I cover them more explicitly.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2004

Draft Introduction posted

I've finished a draft of the Introduction to Driving Projects with Examples. The introduction is a fictional story of adding a feature to a product. My goal is twofold: to show the tasks involved in example-driven development, and to give a feel for what it should be like to work in such a project. For those with experience, I'm curious how this story compares to your own.

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Wed, 07 Jul 2004

Starting a book

I've started work on a book, tentatively titled Driving Projects with Examples: a Handbook for Agile Teams. All that's done to date is the Preface.

Some of you practice the style of development I'm documenting - or variants of it. If you do, I want to talk to you, be it on the phone, or via email, or in person. (I am budgeting travel money to visit worthy sites.) I'm serious about the "handbook" in the title: I want to fill it with tricks, tips, techniques, and stories. The more people I gather them from, the better the book will be.

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About Brian Marick
I consult mainly on Agile software development, with a special focus on how testing fits in.

Contact me here: marick@exampler.com.




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