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Keith Casey:
Refactor vs Rebuild New Years make New Beginnings
January 09, 2013 @ 09:23:31

Keith Casey has an interesting new post to his site looking at a common dilema among development groups - whether refactor or rewrite is a better option for the state of the current codebase when it comes time for a change.

In software development, we're spoiled. We can write a single line of code and do some interesting things. If we add a framework, that single line of code is backed up by thousands.. and can do even more impressive things. [...] I can't tell you how many people have pitched me to "rewite web2project using [framework x]." At first pass, it sounds like a great idea. We can lay the foundation for doing things "right." We can use the latest and greatest tools, technology, and concepts. Even better, we don't have to figure out all that old crappy code! It's open source so it's free anyway. Everyone wins! How many times have you looked at an application and thought "I could rebuild that in a weekend!"

He points out the "seductive" nature of this kind of thinking and some of the things that it can hide from your immediate vision. These are things like: the lessons that were learned and implemented in the current code, catch up vs new development on the project and the possibility of "killing the community" as they'd no longer know which part of the project to contribute to.

He suggests instead of worrying about a rewrite, that development groups worry more about managing technical debt in their applications and reducing that piece by piece instead.

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Community News:
Atlanta PHP Celebrates its 100th Meeting!
August 13, 2012 @ 09:50:49

For those PHPers in the Atlanta area, there's one upcoming event that you don't want to miss - the 100th meeting celebration of the Atlanta PHP User Group (September 6th)!

We're proud to announce that we're celebrating our "100th Monthiversary" - our 100th monthly meeting - on Thursday, September 6th from 6pm to 9pm! We're planning a cookout with plenty of social time and will have Kevin Roberts presenting Pecha-Kucha style on the eight and a half year history of our group followed by Elizabeth Naramore as the featured speaker presenting on "Technical Debt". We'll also have a number of special guests from the greater PHP community, including group founder Ben Ramsey, Cal Evans, and others.

There'll be plenty of food, tech talk and giveaways at the event - not to mention Elizabeth Naramore's excellent "Technical Debt" talk. The prizes will include IDE licenses, books, gift cards, and the grand prize - a Nexus 7 tablet! Keep tuned to the Atltanta PHP site for more information as it comes.

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Community News:
Comments on Commenting
May 01, 2009 @ 11:18:04

Thanks to an initial article from Brandon Savage the topic of code commenting has been floating around the PHP community and several members have taken the opportunity to express a few thoughts of their own:

Posted any thoughts or comments of your own on the subject and do see them here? Let us know!

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