Talk: Refactoring's Three Critical Skills

To keep code young and flexible for a long useful life, design has to be reconsidered and revised with each new behavior added. Consequently, refactoring is a step in the TDD cycle.

To keep code young and flexible for a long useful life, design has to be reconsidered and revised with each new behavior added. Consequently, refactoring is a step in the TDD cycle. Even with that emphasis, code can deteriorate into the incomprehensible. Just saying refactor, does not cause it to happen. It takes skill to identify code and design problems; it takes skill to envision improvements; and it takes skill to transform code while keeping it working the whole time. In this talk we'll explore the three essential skills to keeping code young.