Old projects have old dependencies. Learn how to build some tests that document the expected behavior of those dependencies.
- [Narrator] Chances are, your project relies … on a lot of external libraries … to implement all of the functionality … that's contained inside of it. … There are libraries for interacting with databases, … reading XML documents, making HTTP, the list goes on. … These libraries reduce the amount of code … that you have to write in order for your project … to do its job. … And that's good because it allows your project … to focus on the things that it does well. … All of these dependencies do have a shadow side though. … If you don't keep them up to date, … they become their own form of technical debt. … You'll likely find yourself in a situation … where you need to upgrade one of these dependencies. … This often happens when a security vulnerability … has been patched. … Another common scenario is to have to switch … to a different but similar dependency. … This can happen when the old dependecy … is no longer supported and receiving updates. … Changes of this type can be stressful, …
AuthorM. Scott Ford
- Assessing the technical debt
- Creating and running a test suite
- Handling failing tests
- Updating dependencies and tools
- Paying down technical debt
- Remaining test driven
- Monitoring code quality
Skill Level Intermediate
Agile Software Development: Code Qualitywith M. Scott Ford1h 40m Intermediate
Agile Software Development: Refactoringwith Richard Kasperowski1h 31m Intermediate
1. Getting Started: Review the Technical Debt
2. Fence in the Technical Debt
3. Improve Your Tools
4. Pay Down Technical Debt
5. Keep Technical Debt at Bay
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