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Twelve Ways to Make Code Suck Less

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Please note this is at the new Improving location. Please give yourselves time to find somewhere new if you have not been here yet (see additional instructions below).


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Pizza

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Meeting

Twelve Ways to Make Code Suck Less


We all have seen our share of bad code and some really good code as well. What are some of the common anti patterns that seem to be recurring over and over in code that sucks? By learning about these code smells and avoiding them, we can greatly help make our code better.

Come to this talk to learn about some common code smell and to share your experiences as well.

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Presenter: Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at You can reach him by email at or on twitter at @venkat_s.

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Location Change Details:

Improving moved to 5445 Legacy Dr. in Plano. This is the Northwest corner of Legacy and Hedgcoxe. It doesn't have great signage right now so here is a picture of the south side of the building (the side facing Legacy) where you should park and enter.

A couple of things:

• Doors will be locked after 6:00 PM but we will be monitoring the south doors until the meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

• After that or if you can't get in before then and no one is watching text (469) 444-0196.

• There is parking on the north side of the building too.

Hope to see everyone there.
5445 Legacy Dr, Suite 100 · Plano, TX
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