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Bites & Brew: Refactoring Untouchable Code

  • Dev9 520 Kirkland Way #200 Kirkland, WA, 98033 United States (map)


Have you ever been afraid to touch a section of code? Tackle your fear head-on with Dev9.

Share some local brew, good eats, and a compelling discussion on read by review, documenting, unit testing, and refactoring.
We will cover strategies to ensure your code changes are safe and improve your codebase. In addition to diving into a complex section of code, we will talk about less intrusive tactics to ensure that you truly understand unwieldy code before you clean it up.

These tactics include tips for reviewing pull requests, documenting code, unit testing code and refactoring code.

We will also be practicing MOB programming(Pairing programming as a group). In the age of microservices, come prepared to make micro-refactors to intimidating code.

Meals and beverages served.


3.45pm - Doors open
               Networking, food & drinks
4.15pm - Presentation begins
4.45pm - Q&A
5.00pm - Networking, food & drinks

Presented By

Ralph Blakely, Senior Developer

Ralph Blakely has lived in Seattle for 13 years. After studying Computer Science at the University of Washington, he tried and failed to create a tech startup. He spent many years developing test frameworks, and recently switched to Java feature development. When he is not at his computer, he can be found walking his dog, Eiffel at Green Lake or coaching the UW Alpine Ski Racing team.

Jesse Krautwurst, Lead Developer

Jesse is a web software development lead with 11+ years experience designing and building performant, scalable, maintainable high-traffic web applications.  Jesse has served in a variety of roles throughout his career - senior engineer, web architect, development manager – in a variety of industries -  enterprise software, finance, marketing, travel - and is well-versed in numerous front-end and back-end technologies.  Jesse has particular areas of interest in client-side and server-side Javascript frameworks, continuous delivery processes, and cloud architecture.    Jesse is a Computer Science graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a travel enthusiast, long-distance hiker, and astronomy geek who has been living in the Seattle area since 2011. 

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