TheROIOf Refactoring

September 21, 2010 @ 7:00pm – The ROI of Refactoring: Lego vs. Play-Doh


Refactoring is one of the most powerful tools for improving the intrinsic quality of any code base. Yet, as important as refactoring is, non-technical business stakeholders tend to see little value in the practice. After struggling for a decade to articulate refactoring in such a way that the ROI was obvious, I finally stumbled upon an analogy that seems to work: Building with Lego vs. Play-Doh. In this presentation I will demonstrate the techniques I use to turn an apprehensive room of business owners into the biggest supporters of refactoring in your organization.


Neil Green is currently a Technical Team Lead at Silverpop. He formerly served as Web Team Lead at Incomm and Principal User Interface Engineer for AutoTrader. By day, he works with Java and HTML/CSS/JavaScript to build browser based RIA’s. By night, he tinkers with Scala and Flex on his own pet projects. Neil was born and raised in the sunny islands of the Bahamas, and often wonders why he isn’t living on a beach drinking rum instead of being stuck in traffic on 285.

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Not all JARs are created equally

October 18th, 2016

Hate those e-mails “are you using some_vulnerable.JAR or some.vulnerable.class” on a project you or nobody has touched in years then your eyes dry over looking at the dependency hierarchy of an old project?

Well, hate no more! Understanding that not all JARs are created equally is the first step in realizing there is consternation. The only constant is change in Open Source and keeping up with versions, CVEs, industry trends, etc could be a burden especially as team members move on. So many dependencies in a modern JAVA project one would need a warehouse to store all these parts [*cough* your artifact repository].

Having supply chain discipline when consuming Open Source can help answer the “where” and “what” an enterprise has deployed. Applying supply chain principles and data beyond your CMDB would have insight to. Makes Dev & Ops happy driving Open Source adoption and visibility.

Also, will be providing an update from last year’s AJUG talk on State of Open Source Software Supply Chain.


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