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Tech Skills that matter: Legacy Code

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⚡️ Tech Skills That Matter: Working with Legacy Code ⚡️

Whether you're a tech lead, a developer or a technically minded tester, this workshop will help you approach legacy code with confidence.


Learn how to build an initial safety net before applying multiple refactorings, and have lots of fun along the way!

This workshop is for you if you:

  • are frustrated by legacy code
  • are excited to learn safe and systematic approaches to refactoring
  • enjoy pair programming and/or TDD, and are looking for new tools to extend your range
  • love working smarter, not harder

What's it all about?

We will be following a variation of the Legacy Code Retreat format. Working with legacy code (provided in a range of languages!) participants first learn how to build an overarching electronic safety net using the Golden Master Testing technique, before applying a range of refactorings too dangerous to otherwise attempt (but totally worth it).

As with regular code retreat, we will practice pair-programming, rotate pairs, and continue to practice rigorous unit test automation, and share our learnings.

Unlike regular code retreat you do not have to delete your code at the end of each sprint, and the TDD cycle is a bit more relaxed.


What is Legacy Code?

Legacy code has been defined "as code without automated tests" and equivalently "code you are afraid to change". Unfortunately far too much "professional" code is legacy code.


Is attending 'Tech Skills that matter: Pair programming with TDD' a pre-requisite?

While highly recommended, if you are competent in automated unit testing, and test-driven development, you can start with this workshop.


Should I bring my own legacy code?

No. A small Legacy Code base will be supplied, available in a range of languages.

Will we be pair-programming?

Yes. And rotating pairs.

What should I bring?

We will need one laptop with internet access per two people, with a working development environment and a language* that you are comfortable with. While a test runner is desirable, it is not strictly essential.

*Examples will be given in pseudocode, perhaps Python and JavaScript, but the workshop is programming language agnostic.

Your guide:

Dr Daniel Prager, Director of Coaching and Learning, Everest Engineering

An early adopter of Agile, Dan coaches and trains people in quality software development practices and old school Agile in startups, scale-ups, and larger organisations.

Dan also brings his experience in teaching martial arts from the martial arts dojo into these "coding dojos", as well as other engaging workshop formats.


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