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Mar 23, 2020
2h 1m

Businesses increasingly depend on quality Azure applications for critical systems. In this course, Microsoft Azure Developer: Refactoring Code, you will learn that building quality Azure apps requires understanding the principles of software quality and how to recognize "code smells" that indicate potential quality problems. First, you will learn that, when left unchecked, poor quality can accumulate in an app, making it more and more expensive and risky to maintain, until eventually it must be replaced. Next, you will explore the fundamentals of refactoring Azure apps, from principles to recognizing poor quality, to applying concrete approaches, to common problems. Finally, you'll discover how to write better code, faster, so your apps will have fewer defects and will last longer. By the end of this course, you'll know how to refactor code, without starting from scratch.

About the author
About the author

Steve Smith (@ardalis) is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Steve Smith, a.k.a. Ardalis. Welcome to my course. Microsoft Azure Developer: Refactoring Code. This is my tenth Pluralsight course. I'm an independent trainer and mentor for teams and individuals seeking to build better software. You can find me online at This course is a quick introduction to refactoring, the process of improving the quality of existing software applications. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the process of refactoring, the concepts of internal code quality and technical debt, identification of various code smells, and specific refactorings to apply to common Azure app problems. By the end of this course, you'll know how to write better code and, more importantly, how to safely modify existing code to improve its quality. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with C# and at least the basics of Azure. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into other code quality courses, such as SOLID Principles of Object‑Oriented Design, Refactoring Fundamentals, which dives much deeper into the subject of a factory, and Domain‑Driven Design Fundamentals, which describes a proven approach for architecting and delivering complex software solutions. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn to refactor Azure apps with the Microsoft Azure Developer: Refactoring Code course, here on Pluralsight.