Archive for the ‘Code Refactoring’ Category

  • How can code refactoring help developers manage the port to Android?

    on Oct 23, 13 • by Chris Bubinas • with No Comments

    How can code refactoring help developers manage the port to Android?

    For developers of apps that rely heavily on specific hardware capabilities - gyroscopes, accelerometers and cameras, for instance - developing for Android can be a major challenge. The sheer number of devices that use the OS makes it almost impossible to build in detailed hardware controls, which can in turn compromise the app's functionality

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  • As an app’s user base grows, how do developers balance time spent on development versus maintenance?

    on Oct 21, 13 • by Chris Bubinas • with No Comments

    As an app’s user base grows, how do developers balance time spent on development versus maintenance?

    It's the dream of every budding startup to hit its first million users, but as a company experiences such growth, it also faces new questions about preserving its product on an ongoing basis

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  • Healthcare.gov’s buggy launch contains lessons for developers

    on Oct 11, 13 • by Chris Bubinas • with No Comments

    Healthcare.gov’s buggy launch contains lessons for developers

    The long-awaited October 1 rollout of the federal government's online health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov, a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act, was marked by slow performance and trouble for users looking to sign up for new insurance services

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  • As Voyager 1 exits solar system, NASA revisits code design

    on Sep 14, 13 • by Chris Bubinas • with No Comments

    As Voyager 1 exits solar system, NASA revisits code design

    On September 12, NASA announced that the spacecraft Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977, had left the solar system, becoming the first man-made object to do so. Scientists applauded the feat, pointing to its groundbreaking nature. But the achievement also prompted new questions from NASA about whether the mission could be modified to collect more data

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  • Bug in Microsoft patch reignites questions about source code analysis for updates

    on Sep 13, 13 • by Chris Bubinas • with No Comments

    Bug in Microsoft patch reignites questions about source code analysis for updates

    Users filled support forums with complaints after an update as part of Microsoft's September Patch Tuesday rendered the folder pane in Outlook 2013 unviewable. Microsoft acknowledged the update was flawed and retracted it, suggesting users uninstall the current version until a fix was released

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  • C/C++ Refactoring – Clone detection

    on Nov 12, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 1 Comment

    C/C++ Refactoring – Clone detection

    As we have posted in the past, refactoring is a very useful technology to help developers become more productive.  I wanted to take a deeper look at how certain refactorings such as “Extract Function/Method” and “Introduce Variable” can be further enhanced with clone detection.   For the focus of this post I will concentrate just on Extract Function/Method.  Say I create some code that I know I will use frequently.  It would make more sense to create a reusable function/method.  Of course I can add a function to my file then pass the proper parameters

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  • C/C++ Refactoring – optimize headers

    on Nov 2, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    C/C++ Refactoring – optimize headers

    Today I wanted to talk about new kinds of benefits you can get from Refactoring.  Everyone knows that refactoring is the process of simplifying and clarifying code without changing the program’s behavior.  The benefits include making the developer more productive by providing tools to automatically clean up the code.  Some of you may be aware of the common refactoring such as “Rename” to rename a variable, parameter or function in your code. Or Extract Function to create a function call and body based on some selected code. These are great and provide important value but

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  • Refactoring – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it

    on Oct 14, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 1 Comment

    Refactoring – if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it

    I recently read a book by Peter Ritchie called “Refactoring with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” and thought I would give my review. Great book to really help you get started with Refactoring.  Ritchie first goes into an introduction of refactoring and some of the tools available in Visual Studio 2010.  He then provides techniques to help you identify code that might need to be refactored along with examples and step by step procedures to refactor the code. The focus of this book is not necessarily with Visual Studio 2010, as many of the refactoring examples

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  • Refactoring vs. Rewriting: Why it matters

    on Aug 31, 10 • by Eric Hollebone • with 3 Comments

    Refactoring vs. Rewriting: Why it matters

    As new words and concepts diffuse in to wider use, their definitions become simpler or broaden to cover more scope.  Like the kid’s telephone game, each time the concept is passed to another developer, the information gets a little more muddled. In software development, declaration, macros, syntax and other programming constructs have to be exact or the compilers will fail.  Yet, when developers discuss concepts about programming, most of the time, that precision of language is lost. The telephone game  seems to have happened to refactoring.  I subscribe to what would be consider the  ”classic” definition of  refactoring

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  • Refactoring vs. Refuctoring

    on Feb 2, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 2 Comments

    Refactoring vs. Refuctoring

    Refactoring is a vital component for software developers, helping to prevent their projects from becoming unusable, and unmaintainable spaghetti code. Equally important to some developers, is the notion of refuctoring…check out this tongue in cheek look at Refactoring vs. Refuctoring. Be sure to check out the slide deck at the end. Refuctoring describes the process of making your code unmaintainable by anybody but yourself.  I love some of the examples of Refuctoring such as “Pig Latin”, “Treasure Hunt” and my personal favorite “Stating the Bleeding Obvious”: For example: //initialize a to 1 int a=1; Not

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