Working with legacy code is one of more important skills for a developer. But it’s frightening, messy, hard to untangle and basically “magic” all around. Though it doesn’t have to be this way! Let me show you how to start loving legacy and apply some tricks to make it a much greater experience for you and your fellow developers. With this talk I want to share my knowledge on how to start dealing with legacy, how to break less things and be more confident in changing it, how to embrace and start enjoying your adventure with legacy, examples and tips/tricks on how to deal with day to day situations and how to apply modern day principles on legacy code.

This won’t be a silver bullet, but should put you on good track to start enjoying legacy code and reap nice fruits from it. This also won’t be a talk which spends more time explaining that principles and tests are good for you, I think we all know that and when hearing “legacy code” in the talk title developers expect more.. concrete and actionable help with their daily life.


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Alexander at 17:08 on 27 Jan 2017

Great beard, great slides and great talk! Couldn't tell it was your first time. You missed an orange dot at the "refactoring." slide btw. ;)

Great talk and funny slides!

tamar peled at 21:59 on 27 Jan 2017

Was a great talk ! i really enjoyed !

Iamabot at 13:39 on 28 Jan 2017

Not getting code reviews makes me want to step up my game in organised crime too. Enjoyed the talk.

Very nice eye-opener...
"Everything you write becomes legacy".....

Very good eye opener on legacy. Although I missed that part where you were going to make it "great again".
I expected a more practical approach, but maybe I was a bit misled by the title...
Nevertheless, you're a good story teller and you slides were funny (and branded)! Thumbs up!

Mathew Hucks at 23:07 on 28 Jan 2017

You got my full attention when you said that all code is legacy. Your talk had loads of info I can relate to. A good, funny talk with some clear pointers

Great talk about legacy and what it means for most of us, how to handle it, ect.
I liked the "tips & tricks" section, it was very hands-on.

Thanks for your talk. Nice and clean story. And I think you inspired one of my co-workers :)

Mario Peeters at 07:58 on 2 Feb 2017

Light, funny yet so inspiring.... somehow you managed to change my way on how I look to legacy code.