Discovering Startling Things from Your Version Control System

BCS Event: Monday 11th April, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Michael Feathers, Chief Scientist at Obtiva Corporation.

University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ABmap (click on Informatics Forum in the list of buildings).

Synopsis

The industry is awash in an epidemic of bad code. We all know what bad code looks like – it’s opaque and impenetrable. But, we spend little time trying to figure out how it got that way. We assume it’s tight schedules or lack of discipline, but perhaps there’s more.

In this talk, Michael Feathers will relate several things that he’s learned by taking a longitudinal view of a system – by issuing queries of a code base and relating the results back to events on a team. The more we know about how we behave as teams in our code, the more likely we are to be able to control our development well enough to hold bad code at bay.

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About Colin Angus Mackay
I blog at ColinMackay.scot. I help run Scottish Developers which is a user group for software developers in Scotland.

3 Responses to Discovering Startling Things from Your Version Control System

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  2. Akash Chopra says:

    Do you know if you have to register or buy a ticket for this event ? I couldn’t find anything on the BCS website.

  3. Andy Gibson says:

    As far as I can tell from the BCS event page, you just need to rock up on the night.

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