GOTO Amsterdam (June 13-15, 2016) is a vendor independent international software development conference with more than 60 top speakers and 800 attendees. The conference covers topics such as Microservices, Rugged, JavaScript, Post-Agile, Data, Spring++, Connected Worlds & Philosophy.

Presentation: "Embrace the Past: How Software Evolution Lets You Understand Large Codebases"

Track: Security & Rugged / Time: Wednesday 14:30 - 15:20 / Location: Graanbeurszaal

To understand large software systems we need to look beyond the current structure of the code. We need to understand both how the system evolves and how the people building it collaborate. In this session you'll learn to mine social information such as communication paths, developer knowledge and hotspots. It's information you use to improve both the design and the people-side of your codebase. The techniques you'll learn are based on software evolution. They use data from the most underused informational source that we have in our industry: our version-control systems.

You'll see how that information lets you identify code that's hard to maintain, code at risk for defects and even detect architectural decay. Each point is illustrated with a case study from a well-known codebase like Roslyn, ASP.NET MVC, Scala or Clojure. This is a new perspective on software development that will change how you work with legacy systems. Come join the hunt for better code!

Prerequisite attendee experience level: advanced

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Adam Tornhill, Founder and CTO at Empear AB

Adam Tornhill

Biography: Adam Tornhill

Adam Tornhill is a programmer that combines degrees in engineering and psychology. He’s the founder of Empear AB where he designs tools for software analysis. He's also the author of Your Code as a Crime Scene, has written the popular Lisp for the Web tutorial and self-published a book on Patterns in C. His other interests include modern history, music and martial arts.

Twitter: @AdamTornhill