Thanks to Tim Tyrrell for organizing the Rails meeting this month. Looking forward to this event.
Refactoring WTF into OMG — Strategies for success - Keith Gaddis
Rails is a powerful platform that gives us lots of tools for creating solid web apps. Unfortunately, with that power comes a high likelihood that you’ll shoot yourself in the foot at some point, or inherit the results of someone else’s education. If you’ve ever inherited someone’s early experiments in Rails development, built a project without a test suite, or just have a plain old legacy application to maintain (or some combination of all three!) this is the talk for you.
Over the last year of taking over such projects, I’ve found a few strategies that worked for me in getting started on the cleanup efforts. I’ll discuss assessment, setting priorities, and how to get started on the path to application salvation.
Keith Gaddis recently became CTO for Inductive Applications, a medical software company based in Austin TX. He’s an active member of the Austin On Rails community, and frequently teaches classes on Ruby, Rails, and Behavior-driven development.
Tim Tyrrell (@timtyrrell) is a Senior Software Engineer at Dovetail Software. He is a Chicago native fleeing the cold and attempting to be a free-range parent for his twins.
New Ruby Meetup Forming
We’re going to put out a survey very soon about a new Ruby meetup focused solely on Ruby…so please keep an eye out on our Twitter account for that!
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Meeting Time and Location
We meet at Datran/OtherInbox (enter through the stairs of the Omni Building at 7th and Brazos and head up the elevators to the 8th floor) from 7-9PM on Fourth Tuesdays. Socialization practice follows after the meeting at B.D. Riley’s on 6th.