January 4, 2008
TechBookReport on 'Implementation Patterns'
Author: JT Smith
Kent Beck should need no introduction. An influential figure in the world of software development, he has been in the forefront of two key movements in the development world: agile software development and unit testing. He was one of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto and one of the creators of extreme programming. If that were not enough he was also the co-developer, (with Erich Gamma), of JUnit, which helped popularised unit testing to a new generation of programmers and which has spawned similar testing frameworks across a range of platforms. In his latest book, 'Implementation Patterns', Beck turns his attention to code, and specifically how we can write code that communicates well and is therefore easier to understand and maintain.