Effective Agile Java Development

This is an advanced and pragmatic workshop which will cover the latest agile development practices and tools that are used in Java™ Development.


This course is an advanced pragmatic workshop that teaches latest agile development practices and tools. It provides practical experience across the full scope of agile development activities, including requirements gathering, acceptance test driven development (ATDD), behavior driven development (BDD), test driven development (TDD), agile architecture and design, clean coding practices, continuous integration and agile development teamwork and collaboration. Students will build a small application from the ground up using ATDD and TDD practices and getting exposure to innovative tools such as Maven, Jenkins/Hudson, Subversion, JUnit, Mock Testing, Selenium, Spock, JBehave.

Automated testing techniques are covered in detail in this workshop. Indeed, learning how to write more effective tests is an excellent way to write better designed, more maintainable and more reliable code. The course covers fundamental TDD and BDD practices for Java Developers. Continuous Integration, or CI, is a cornerstone of modern software development best practices.

Topics Include:

  • Principles of Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and Agile Requirements:
    An introduction to the fundamental concepts and motivations behind Behavior-Driven Development and related techniques. BDD principles can be applied to requirements gathering and analysis activities. In this module, we learn how techniques such as Acceptance Test Driven Development, Executable Specifications and Feature Injection can significantly improve the quality, reliability and relevance of the application being built, and provide a much better traceability back to, and understanding of, the core business requirements. The course uses high-level BDD tools such as JBehave to build a working set of executable specifications from the ground up.
  • Agile Architecture
    Architecture is just as important in Agile projects as it is in conventional software projects. In this module we discuss the key principles of Agile architecture and design, including the role of architecture in Agile projects, when, how and by whom architecture is specified, implemented and validated.
  • Test Driven Development
    Test Driven Development (TDD) is a key Agile development practice, and is arguably the single most effective way to improve code quality and reliability. In this section, we focus on core TDD and BDD practices at the coding level, and learn how to effectively apply BDD practices in Java both by using advanced JUnit features and testing approaches such as Mock testing. Unit testing vs. Integration testing is covered. Web testing frameworks such as Selenium is introduced. Specific BDD libraries such as Spock are covered as well as topics such as good test design and organization and testing databases.
  • Refactoring and Clean Coding
    Refactoring is an essential part of maintaining high code quality and reducing maintenance costs. And a solid understanding of clean coding principles is vital to writing maintainable and understandable code. This course explores refactoring principles and patterns, and also discusses effective techniques to help make your code clean, readable and highly maintainable.
  • Team Programming and Collaboration
    Team collaboration and communication techniques are discussed along with source code control and version management systems. Subversion and distributed systems such as Git are covered.
  • Continuous Integration and Delivery
    This module covers how Continuous Integration and Delivery practices can be used to enhance team communication and accelerate feedback. Jenkins, an Open Source Continuous Integration tool, is by far the most popular . This course will teach you how to build a powerful and robust CI infrastructure using Maven and Jenkins and automating the build process with Jenkins and provide a wealth of best practices and real-world tips


This course is in advanced series and designed for senior developers, software & system architects, project managers involved with the development of Java™ applications.


2 days


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