“Programming Through Configuration”: a Bitter Cure for a Broken Deployment Pipeline

I was curious when our client asked us to put our web flow definition files into the database. We used these files to define a basic navigation flows in our web application. To put it simply, our homemade framework was conceptually very similar to a Spring Web Flow. Such flow definition is a first class […]

Visual Studio and TDD: Better late than never

After hearing that UML is touted as a “next big thing” in Visual Studio 2010, I must admit I was less than elated. Since I am hardly a “new kid on the block”, I freely admit that I remember that quirky diagramming tool called Visual Modeler that shipped with Visual Studio 6.0. (“Ten years after” already?)

YAGNI is not SLACKING!

Sometimes I hear YAGNI principle invoked in a way that it is clearly misinterpreted. For example “Maybe you do not need to refactor this code just yet” or “Maybe you do not need all those unit tests”. Thing is, to be able to do YAGNI, you need to have your code refactored and covered with tests. You need continuous integration and automated builds. Without these practices, once you need to implement a new feature in JIT fashion, things will inevitably start to break,

Another Free C# Refactoring Tool from Devexpress

Developer Express have released another free C# tool that includes “a fresh selection of hand-picked features taken from CodeRush and Refactor! Pro.”

Dealing with legacy code

First of all, do not discard rewriting application from scratch without giving it a really good consideration. In my experience, it is often much easier to develop an application from zero when compared with refactoring legacy version; it is also much more difficult to refactor the legacy code than it might look at the first site. Do an experiment.