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Jason Gorman -"Practicing Refactoring" & James Atherton -"Solr search platform"

Jason Gorman will be joining us fresh from Software Craftsmanship 2012 with a talk about "Practicing Refactoring".

We will also have our own James Atherton giving a presentation around the Solr search platform. He'll be giving a quick run down of Apache's search solution Solr/Lucene:

- What is it?

- Why use it?

- How we use it.

- How we'd like to use it.

There will also be beer, tea & coffee and some simple nibbles.

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  • Liam W.

    Missed James Atherton :-( as I arrived late, but Jason Gorman provided an excellent step by step refactoring lesson which was paced just about right.
    I liked the idea of using version control tags to 'bottle' examples of refactoring of code.

    July 3, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Sadly missed the start of the Solr talk, but that looked pretty interesting although don't have a lot of use for it at the present.

    Jason Gorman's refactoring was more interesting, introducing the idea of bottling refactorings when submitting them into source control to aid tracking what refactroings were done in the past, and give confidence and examples for people in the future on how bad smells were resolved in the past.

    The refactorings shown, were pretty basic ones, and left me wanting more, but as an introduction for someone new to refactoring would be more than enough to show how things can be improved in simple steps. Enough to make me want to re-read refactoring to patterns again.

    June 29, 2012

  • Michael O.

    Great example of real life examples of refactoring from Jason and informative example of 7digital's usage of Solr platform.

    June 29, 2012

  • Paul S.

    Thanks James and Jason, well delivered. James' was informative, though would have liked to hear more about the selection of Solr against competitors; left with a sense that it was still early days for Solr, but its better than a db. Jason's was a smooth delivery, and bottling code smells is such a neat idea. Spent too long on simple refactorings though, which although itself raised interesting discussions, seemed besides the point. What you do with the bottled smells next may have been more informative.

    Loved the tenuous link between the two talks ("you could search the bottled smells in svn with Solr").

    June 29, 2012

  • Michael

    Solr is not something I used, or need, right now, but it's something I've hard alot about so it was good to get a sense of what it is, and what it is for. The refactoring was really great food for thought on how I can be a better engineer.

    June 29, 2012

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