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Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System by Juan J. Perez, Sam Guckenheimer

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6. Development

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DeveloperDevelopment Manager

“Working software over comprehensive documentation”

—The Agile Manifesto1

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Figure 6.1 Newton’s Cradle is a common desktop toy. When you apply force from one end, the balls swing in a predictable regular motion. When you add a force from the opposite end, the balls start bouncing chaotically against each other. It’s a metaphor for development practice. Simple, directional force encourages predictability, while contradictory forces can create chaos.

This chapter is not about programming languages or coding ...

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