Speaker Details

Ben Dechrai

Ben Dechrai is a technologist with a strong focus on security and privacy. At 11 years old he wrote software to stop his parents from breaking the family PC, and now he works as a developer advocate at Sonar, helping developers avoid breaking the internet through better security and coding practices. He enjoys helping others find the joy of problem-solving and experimentation.

On Inheriting Legacy Codebases
Conference (BEGINNER level)
Inheriting a legacy codebase can be a daunting challenge for developers. The complex, convoluted code can feel like a labyrinth with hidden traps and mysteries waiting to be unravelled. However, taking control of a legacy codebase is not only possible but also empowering.
This talk delves into strategies and practical techniques that enable developers to reclaim their power over legacy codebases. We will explore approaches that go beyond mere maintenance and delve into the realms of refactoring, rearchitecting, and rewriting. By embracing these strategies, developers can not only improve the codebase but also elevate their own skills and confidence.
We will discuss the importance of understanding the codebase's history, identifying pain points, and formulating a plan of attack. We will explore methods for transforming the tangled mess into a well-structured, maintainable system. Additionally, we will dive into tools and processes that facilitate the transition, enabling developers to navigate the codebase with ease and agility.
By attending this talk, you will gain valuable insights into how to approach and conquer legacy codebases. You will leave with a renewed sense of confidence, armed with practical techniques to take control of even the most daunting legacy codebase challenges. Embrace the legacy, unravel its mysteries, and emerge as a master of the codebase.