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Refactoring, Simple Design, Evolutionary Design Comments

The most common definition of “refactoring” suffers from a common weakness that creates big problems for a very specific group of people. I’d like to help.

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Simple Design, Refactoring Comments

Refactoring means rework, which means that we didn’t “get the design right the first time”. This can indicate a problem. It can also indicate a natural process of convergence towards a suitable design. Calling it “a code smell” seems to overstate the matter.

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Evolutionary Design, Refactoring Comments

Programmers routinely give up on TDD when they try to do it in their toughest, meanest, most-valuable legacy code. I understand their impulse, but I think they’re setting themselves up for failure and ultimately missing out.

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Microtechniques, Evolutionary Design, Refactoring, Integrated Tests Are a Scam Comments

Programmers routinely ask me for advice on which kinds of tests they ought to write: unit vs. functional, fast vs. slow, big vs. small. They keep saying “integration test” when they mean “integrated test”. We have made this confusing, so I’d like to take one step towards clarifying it.

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Tutorials Comments

Debug with automated tests: it’s systematic, it leaves a record of what we’ve learned, and it’s boring in the best possible ways.

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Simple Design, Refactoring, Evolutionary Design, Tutorials, Removing Duplication Deftly Comments

An example of test-first programming, focusing on adding behavior incrementally and removing duplication.

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Simple Design, Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP), Evolutionary Design Comments

Are you worried that all these little classes and interfaces are going to destroy your system’s performance? Maybe. More often, however, the bottlenecks are caused by bigger classes and fewer interfaces causing duplication in the design.

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The Little Things, Tutorials Comments

A concise guide for going from nothing to a working nodejs environment on Linux environments.

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Not Just Coding, The Little Things Comments

Some programmers try TDD and feel blocked right away. “How do I write a test for code that doesn’t yet exist?!” I remember how it felt and what happened when I tried anyway.

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Microtechniques Comments

If you want the full power of your trusted text editor to compose and edit long shell commands, then you can have it!

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Integrated Tests Are a Scam Comments

The integrated tests scam goes beyond “merely” making tests slow and brittle. Sometimes they render impossible an otherwise straightforward test.

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