AoAD2 Chapter: Development (introduction)

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It’s startling how rarely software development processes actually talk about the nuts and bolts of development. The way your team develops matters. It’s how you spend most of your time.

This chapter includes practices to speed up your development and make it more reliable:

  • “Zero Friction” on page XX removes the delays which slow down development.

  • “Continuous Integration” on page XX keeps your latest code ready to release.

  • “Test-Driven Development” on page XX ensures your software does exactly what programmers intend it to do.

  • “Fast Reliable Tests” on page XX prevents tests from becoming a bottleneck.

  • “Refactoring” on page XX enables programmers to improve the design of existing code.

  • “Spike Solutions” on page XX helps programmers learn through small, isolated experiments.

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