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Get to Green: How to Safely Refactor Legacy Code

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THAT Conference 2019 | Get to Green: How to Safely Refactor Legacy Code | Gene Gotimer

What you'll learn

For many people, legacy code is a fact of life. You need tests to safely make changes, but you can't add tests without changing the code. It is a chicken-and-egg problem. How do you turn legacy code into code you can change confidently? Slowly, one step at a time. Join Gene Gotimer as he shares his experiences working with a monolithic codebase that was so bad it made national news. He'll go over the steps he and his team used to refactor the code safely by using mocking frameworks, mutation testing, and patience to build an understanding of how the code worked so that they could change it confidently. This talk is for anyone that has inherited legacy code that they aren't confident in and wants to make it something they can work on and improve. You'll leave with some tools and techniques that will help you change your legacy code into something maintainable.

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Get to Green: How to Safely Refactor Legacy Code

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THAT Conference is the “Summer Camp for Geeks” that combines technology, networking, social events, and exposure in an inspirational, family-friendly environment. Over four days, folks of diverse backgrounds and expertise levels gather to take advantage of multiple learning mediums to maximize one’s community and career advancements. Engage with true practitioners, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs while enjoying the perks of summer camp at a giant waterpark.

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