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:

  • The “Zero Friction” practice removes the delays that slow down development.

  • The “Continuous Integration” practice keeps your latest code ready to release.

  • The “Test-Driven Development” practice ensures your software does exactly what programmers intend it to do.

  • The “Fast Reliable Tests” practice prevents tests from becoming a bottleneck.

  • The “Refactoring” practice enables programmers to improve the design of existing code.

  • The “Spike Solutions” practice helps programmers learn through small, isolated experiments.

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