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Special Event: The Crafting Code Tour

  • Jul 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • SoftLayer Offices

For the July meetup we're going to have a special event that's a part of a larger tour of user groups that Brandon Savage and Paul Jones are doing across the nation. On July 8th (on our normal date/time) we'll be hosting their Dallas stop with two talks, one from Brandon and the other from Paul. Some of you might remember Paul from when he came in to town before to give his N+1 talk.

Here's more information about the sessions:


It Was Like That When I Got Here: Steps Toward Modernizing a Legacy Codebase ~ Paul Jones

The codebase at work is absolutely terrible. It’s a mess of spaghetti that has been around for years and is and completely untestable. Any time you fix a bug over here, a new bug appears over there. In this talk, Paul explains how the code got to be so bad, and gives practical steps on how you can start paying off the technical debt you inherited with your legacy application, all while keeping the system running the whole time.

Your code sucks! Five tools for evaluating the quality of your code ~ Brandon Savage

You know you want to write great code, but how do you know what great code looks like? Using these tools, you’ll be able to figure out exactly what areas of your application are great, and which could use the most improvement. Plus, learn how to apply these tools on a daily basis in your development, automatically!


As usual, food and drinks will be provided and be sure to RSVP early as there's only so much room in our usual room to squeeze folks in. The event is free of charge and is generously provided by several sponsors of the tour.

More information about the sessions can be found on the Crafting Code website

Where: SoftLayer Offices on Alpha

When: July 8th @ 7pm

Who: Brandon Savage & Paul Jones (Crafting Code Tour)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all --

    You can download the "legacy code" slides from here:

    The coupon for 10% off the book is here:

    Thanks for having me out, and please let me know if you have any questions!

    July 9, 2014

    • Mangesh S.

      Great talk. I hear about people refactoring, but nobody ever gives examples. The principle of your talk was "small changes" and that makes absolute sense.

      July 9, 2014

  • Fate M.

    I learned a lot. Really enjoyed it.

    July 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In my quest to get more proficient in my approach to coding this was what I needed to become aware of. Efficiency and trick of the trade! Great night. Keep em coming!

    July 9, 2014

  • Andrew T.

    Great session and content! Loved the turnout and the beer too!! :-)

    July 8, 2014

  • Mangesh S.

    Looking forward to this!

    July 8, 2014

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