Justin Searls
Justin Searls
Nobody knows bad code like Justin Searls—he writes bad code effortlessly. And it's given him the chance to study why the industry has gotten so good at making bad software. He co-founded Test Double, an agency focused on fixing what's broken in software.

Fearlessly Refactoring Legacy Ruby

Until recently, we didn't talk much about "legacy Ruby". But today, so many companies rely on Ruby that legacy code is inevitable.

When code is hard-to-understand, we fear our changes may silently break something. This fear erodes the courage to improve code's design, making future change even harder.

If we combine proven refactoring techniques with Ruby's flexibility, we can safely add features while gradually improving our design. This talk will draw on code analysis, testing, and object-oriented design to equip attendees with a process for refactoring legacy code without fear.

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