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Legacy Coderetreat: Episode 7 – Extract and Override – Code Cast

Extract and Override – code cast

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Code Cast

This is a code cast in Java.

Extract and Override is a very useful technique to break static dependencies. Whenever we cannot write tests for a piece of code, it is often because we have static dependencies. In the code cast below you can see how to use extract and override having a random number generator very tightly coupled. Because of that, we cannot have the same output for some clear steps. The solution found in this video is to extract the random to a new method and then override the random generator, just for tests. In this way we have predictability for tests.

Read here more about this concept in my blog post.

 

Legacy Coderetreat: Episode 6 – Dependency Inversion – Code Cast

Dependency Inversion – code cast

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Code Cast

This is a code cast in Java.

During this code cast you will see how to use the concept of Dependency Inversion on a legacy code base. Dependency Inversion is one way of transforming a tightly coupled system into a system that has a core and many small external dependencies. These external dependencies can be called also plugins. Read more about this concept in my previous blog post.

 

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Thomas Sundberg for proofreading this post.

Talk: Agile Lean Europe 2014 – Legacy Code is Fear

Legacy code is fear because we fear the unknown. Learn what you need to learn in order to be less scared about legacy code during this talk.

You are a programmer. Someone from the company comes with an idea to add a feature and they are sure this new feature is very easy to add. And it should be. But the code is old. The code is a mess. Nobody in the firm knows any more that part of the system. You need to change that ugly piece of code. You are afraid that you might introduce defects. Legacy code is fear.

 

Here are the slides for the talk Legacy Code is Fear:

Legacy Coderetreat: Episode 5 – Basic Rules of Refactoring – Code Cast

Basic Rules of Refactoring – code cast

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Code Cast

This is a code cast in Java.

We start by checking what can be extracted to another method. The Basic Rules of Refactoring describes the detailed steps I use.

To ensure that we have a safety net, let us start with covering the code with some system tests and then write tests on the newly created method. These are also characterization tests, but they are often simpler than the system tests we wrote before. When the new method have been covered by tests, call it from the initial place where the code was copied from. Run all the system tests. At the end do some manual testing to see that everything works fine.

This technique is very useful to have small and safe steps while refactoring. Remember to never cut and paste. Always duplicate the implementation, cover it with tests and then reroute the call to the new code.

 

 

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Thomas Sundberg for proofreading this post.

Legacy Coderetreat: Episode 4 – Add Feature on Legacy Code – Code Cast

Add feature on legacy code – code cast

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Code Cast

This is a code cast in Java. We have a new feature request and we need to add it to a legacy code base.

We start by understanding what we need to change. After that we run the existing system tests, that we wrote during the session From Nothing to System Tests. We use a test coverage tool to understand how much of the code is covered with tests. After this step we start writing new system tests until all the code
that will be changed is covered by tests.

When all of the system is covered with tests, we refactor the code to make room for a new feature. We extract a method, then a class and then an interface. The interface is implemented in a new way so that we add the new functionality. Adding the new functionality is done with tests written up-front.

At the end we write one system test to verify that the whole system can work well with the new feature. This is a kind of partial acceptance test that helps us understand if all the system works well together. And of course, manual testing and refactoring is essential before we can say we are done.

See more about the technique in the blog post Add Features on Legacy Code.

 

 

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Thomas Sundberg for proofreading this post.

Legacy Coderetreat: Part 14 – Document possible Defects with tests

Document possible Defects with Tests

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Purpose

When writing unit tests on legacy code, we often discover behaviours of the system that seem wrong. The main rule is: DO NOT change the production code without being absolutely sure that the change does not introduce defects. Instead we need to mark all the tests that characterize a possible defective behaviour. Let’s look at some ways to document possible defects with tests.

Document Possible Defects with Tests

Document Possible Defects with Tests

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Legacy Coderetreat: Part 12 – Extract class

Extract Class

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Purpose

When working with existing code we need to look at the responsibilities of existing classes. If one class is too big, we need to extract new classes from that initial class. A class too big means that it’s not respecting the Single Responsibility Principle.

Extract Class

Extract Class

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Legacy Coderetreat: Part 11 – Refactoring Rule of Three

Rule of Three

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Purpose

The rule of three says:

Extract duplication only when you see it the third time.

This concept is extremely useful when you want to improve legacy code, refactor in the TDD cycle or just improve existing code that is covered by tests.

The Rule of Three brings higher coherence and more clarity to the system, because the duplicated code starts to be moved into specialized areas. In this way we optimize the code base for changeability.

The Rule of Three prevents from prematurely extracting possible duplication and defers the duplication minimization until we have enough proof.

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Legacy Coderetreat: Part 10 – Extract pure functions

Extract Pure Functions

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Purpose

We have some class that is very big. We want to divide the existing code into more methods and classes so that we have in the end some code that is easier to understand. If the methods are small, they are easy to change. In the same time the code would respect the Single Responsibility Principle. We optimize our software for changeability. In the following we will see how we can extract pure functions to achieve that.

Pure functions

Pure functions

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Legacy Coderetreat: Part 9 – Use Mocking Framework

Use Mocking Framework

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This blog post is part of a series about legacy coderetreat and legacy code techniques you can apply during your work. Please click to see more sessions about legacy code.

Purpose

By using mocking frameworks we are writing short and easy to read tests. The duplication of test doubles written by hand is minimized by the use mocking framework.

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