8LU Workshop - From Code Smells to Code Sense (RailsConf 2019 Preview)

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8th Light Chicago

25 E. Washington, Suite 509 · Chicago, IL

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5th Floor across from the elevators

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Join us Friday, April 19th for a very special 8th Light University / RailsConf 2019 preview workshop presented by 8th Light software crafters Kyle Annen and Cyrus Vandrevala!

From Code Smells to Code Sense



12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service
12:30 - 2:30+: Workshop
after: Questions/Networking


Opinionated web frameworks like Rails allow us to focus on what’s unique to our domain, rather than reinventing the wheel. But under deadline pressures, we often find ourselves with a codebase that works in the short term, but takes more and more effort over time to extend, test, and maintain.

To speed our development back up and make coding fun again, we need to be able to recognize issues and refactor them away. In this workshop, we will explore some strategies for identifying common code smells in production Rails apps, and get hands-on practice in cleaning them up.


Kyle Annen is a software crafter at 8th Light in Chicago who is passionate about functional languages, object oriented languages, DevOps, and building sustainable systems. Kyle learned programming through online open access bootcamps prior to joining 8th Light. His past career in business took him around the world, including building low income housing in the borderlands of Mexico, and he spent half a decade working in Shanghai, China.

Cyrus Vandrevala is a crafter at 8th Light who has developed software in a variety of industries covering finance, insurance, travel, and education. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and has helped developers acquire new skills through training sessions including object-oriented development, DevOps philosophies, and Agile methodologies. Before joining 8th Light, Cyrus earned his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University.


Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/).

Because this is a hands-on workshop, we wil not be streaming or recording this event.

Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out after the presentation to chat with one of our crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community.

If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]