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Staying Sane While Taking Over An Existing Django Codebase

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Confirmed for Wednesday, 7/31.

How do you quickly get up to speed on an existing Django project codebase? You're eventually going to run into a large unfamiliar codebase whether you're the new developer on a team with an established codebase or just working with code you wrote awhile back. This talk covers steps you absolutely must take to identify and triage existing issues, stablize the codebase, and gently guide the project towards "this is amazing!" status.

About Matt

Matt Makai is a traveling software developer visiting thirty cities in five months from March through August 2013. Matt has been developing with Python since 2007. He develops Django web applications for clients such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Motley Fool, George Washington University, Marriott International, and the Department of Defense.

Matt writes two blogs, one on software development and entrepreneurship at and another on his current Coding Across America trip around the United States to visit with technology companies at .

He has a B.S. in Computer Science from James Madison University, an M.S. in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.

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