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Few projects need the benefits of Extreme Programming as desperately as web projects. But web projects are different from the software projects XP was built for. Web page architecture isn’t object-oriented. HTML designs can’t be unit-tested. Extreme Programming for Web Projects shows how to tweak XP for the Web, without compromising any of its simplicity, feedback, communication, and courage -- or its powerful results.
The authors’ tweaks include slightly different roles (for instance, the authors add a strategist, whose job it is to guide customers unfamiliar with XP and writing the “user stories” at the heart of XP development). Unlike conventional XP, Web XP accepts that team members must specialize and pairs them across specialties (interface programmers with graphic designers; customers with testers).
But much of XP survives largely intact. For example, XP calls for extensive day-to-day on-site customer involvement; the authors of this book embrace that idea and show you how to manage it. (Already you can see where the “courage” comes in!) Perhaps best of all, they outline an approach to design and coding that makes heavy use of XML and XSLT to overcome the problems that make conventional web development so troublesome.
If you’ve ever delivered a web project late or busted your client’s budget, or took a huge financial hit to avoid doing so, or watched a promising customer relationship turn hopelessly adversarial, you need this book -- now. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.