location_city Bengaluru schedule Oct 17th 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM place Jacaranda people 12 Interested

Many codebases contain code that is overly complicated, hard to understand, and hence expensive to change and evolve. Prioritizing the technical debt to pay down is a hard problem since there's always a trade-off between improving existing code versus adding new features. In this masterclass, you learn how easily accessible development data let us uncover the technical debt with the highest business impact. The techniques cover both technical and organizational decisions around your codebase, and we cover both traditional architectures as well as microservice architectures where you learn to measure non-code properties like team coupling, system mastery, and detect implicit dependencies between services.

  • Identify the code that's most expensive to maintain amongst millions of lines of code.
  • Put costs on technical debt and assess its delivery impact.
  • Detect architectural decay and learn to control it.
  • Perform architectural analyses of layers and microservices to uncover team coupling and implicit dependencies.
  • Learn refactoring patterns to address technical- and architectural debt.
  • Measure how organizational patterns influence code quality and the link to software architecture.
  • Uncover the social side of your codebase and use data to mitigate off-boarding risks.

Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity and analyze their own codebases. As part of the workshop, you also get access to CodeScene – a tool that automates the analyses – which we use for the practical exercises. We also look at open-source alternatives, and see how we can use Git itself for data mining; the workshop is not about tools, but rather about the techniques and their applications. This is a new perspective on software development that will change how you view code.

 
 

Target Audience

Architects, Tech Leads, Senior Developers, and Technical Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

The target audience is architects, senior developers, and technical managers. While we won't write any code during the class, the participants need to be comfortable with reading code. If you plan to analyze your own code -- which we encourage -- you need to have it in one or more Git repositories.

Style: Hands-on -- you will analyze real-world codebases -- so bring your laptop. The masterclass is based on the books Your Code As A Crime Scene (2015) and Software Design X-Rays (2018) by the instructor. The techniques are based on software evolution research and findings from various fields within psychology.

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