Chapter 1. Getting Started

Getting Started

First, master the fundamentals.


The founder of, Kathy Sierra, said in her blog, “There’s a big difference between saying, ‘Eat an apple a day’ and actually eating the apple.”[1] The same goes for following fundamental practices on a software project. Seldom will you hear people say that “Testing is ineffective” or “Code reviews are a waste of time” or that frequent software builds is a bad practice to follow. But these seemingly fundamental practices must be tougher to practice than to preach, because the frequency of these practices on projects is miserably ...

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