Brownfield Application Development in .NET

Kyle Baley and Donald Belcham
Foreword by David Laribee
  • April 2010
  • ISBN 9781933988719
  • 416 pages
  • printed in black & white
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" extremely useful and comprehensive bag of tricks."

David Laribee, Agile Coach
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Taking over development of an existing application is rarely an easy task. Good coding and management practices are often lacking, so maintenance and improvement of the app can be tough. Brownfield Application Development in .NET will help you maintain and extend your brownfield applications, and find and fix its pain points.

about the book

The books starts by laying out the unique characteristics of brownfield apps—both negative and positive. It then systematically explores how you can employ well-established techniques like continuous integration, version control, and automated testing, even if they weren't part of the original dev process. You'll learn techniques to identify logical layers and tease apart dependencies to effectively separate concerns for improved flexibility. This practical book will help you improve not only your application's maintainability, but also the team's confidence in the project.

what's inside

  • How to smoothly inherit an application
  • How to retrofit good processes into an existing environment
  • Reusable analysis and measurement techniques
  • How to identify—and avoid—dev pain points

about the reader

Although it's written for .NET developers, this book shows techniques that work in any development environment.

about the author

Kyle Baley has over a decade of development experience in areas ranging from transportation and telecom to banking and energy. An independent developer and Microsoft MVP, Donald Belcham specializes in rescuing applications in dire need of resuscitation.

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