Software craftsman at Codurance, author of The Software Craftsman, and founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community (LSCC). Sandro has been coding since a very young age but only started his professional career in 1996. Before starting his own consultancy, he worked for startups, software houses, product companies, international consultancy companies, and investment banks. During his career Sandro had the opportunity to work in a good variety of projects, with different languages, technologies, and across many different industries. Sandro has a lot of experience in bringing the Software Craftsmanship ideology and Extreme Programming practices to organisations of all sizes. Sandro is internationally renowned by his work on evolving and spreading Software Craftsmanship and is frequently invited to speak in many conferences around the world.
Topic: Testing and Refactoring Legacy Code
Working with legacy code is tough. No tests, no documentation, fear of breaking unknown parts of the code and difficult to understand what it is going on. The only way to deal with that is to test and refactor mercilessly. For the majority of us, legacy code is part of our life and learning how to embrace it can make things far more enjoyable. In this live coding session, Sandro will be demonstrating how to overcome the most common problems found when testing legacy code. He will be taking a piece of messy Java code, test it until is 100% covered and then show how to refactor it in order to bring the business language and requirements to life. Although the code is in Java, the same principles can be applied to any language.