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[11 Aug 2006 | One Comment | ]

Marcus Ahnve recently wrote about why he doesn’t like FIT.
Here are my thoughts:
When I first started doing customer specified integration (“story”) testing on enterprise Java projects, JUnit was the tool choice. It was just as simple to program and maintain integration tests as it was to write and maintain unit tests. Because the developers were responsible for translating the test plans into their executable form, it was an obvious and simple choice. It enabled us to run a debugger when we needed to, the tests ran fast, and we didn’t …

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[10 Aug 2006 | Comments Off on A brief post-mortem of my first XP project | ]

My first (real) XP project was on a team of 9 developers back in 2001. There was a technical architect/lead, 4 senior developers (one of which was me), and 4 junior developers. We also had two “customers”, one of whom was also the project manager. The project was a commission calculation system for a large insurance company. The senior developers and the technical architect on the project were all consultants and the junior developers and customers were all full-time employees of the company.
The idea was that we were coaching the …