Test Driven .NET Development with FitNesse

Gojko Adzic (2008)
Review date: March, 2013

This book will probably have the shortest review on this site. There's not much to say about it. It explains how to get started with FitNesse starting with a detailed description of the installation processes and progressing through more advanced uses. In the case of FitNesse this amounts to introducing different fixture types.

The book is actually divided into three sections where the first is about installation and making FitNesse run with .NET. In the second, various fixture types are introduced along with a use scenario, which happens to be about a lottery. The third section covers topics that couldn't be fit into the other sections, such as web testing, database testing and test organization.

This is a very plain book. It does take the reader through FitNesse in a friendly way without getting boring, while at the same time being detailed enough. Like any other book about a tool it doesn't get very exciting and does not contain any spiritually enriching knowledge. Although it's really easy to read. The best part of the book is the second part, which is actually about the tool. It contains enough details to make the reader feel quite confident after plowing through it.

There's not much more to say. This book does its job. The syntax presented in it is probably outdated, since it describes FIT fixtures as opposed to the newer SLIM tables (if you've worked with FitNesse you know what it means, otherwise don't lose sleep over this). It's easy to read, and the author's extensive knowledge of the tool sometimes results in a very good hint about some detail or aspect FitNesse or testing in general.

The chapters in the third section feel too short, but again, you read the book because of the contents in the second section. 

Who should read this book

If you need to learn FitNesse, this book will give you a good introduction. If not, you're safe to omit it.


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