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Developers Who Live in Glass Houses Refactor Their Code

Another perspective and reason to refactor PowerBuilder code

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Refactoring in not hard to do or difficult to conceive of - BUT you have to develop a sense about it. Part of wanting to refactor is professional pride. Ask yourself - If your software was a publicly visible structure such as a bridge or building, what would it look like?  

Would you be will to go step on it or go inside it?

Do you think that it's too late for improve your software?  Are you afraid to take a small risk? Remember that refactoring is all about taking lots of small steps that eventually add up to a big improvement. Do you sometimes get that sick feeling when you're asked to work on a particular section of code?  Ever wonder why?  Might the reason for the feeling be because the logic is "all over the place", fragile and tricky to make changes to? So wouldn't a bit of restructuring make the job more palatable?

Refactoring is mostly about making programs more "human friendly". The runtime cost factor for performance is minimal. Software engineers talk about the 90/10 rule i.e. 90% of performance issues are due to 10% of the code. PowerBuilder's profiling tools can help you identify tell you where these areas actually lie.

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Yakov Werde, a 25 year IT industry veteran, is a member of TeamSybase and the newly formed Sybase Customer Evangelist Team. Yakov is a recognized author, speaker and trainer who has been designing and delivering PowerBuilder, .NET, EaServer, Web App Development, and Java training for over 14 years to corporate, military and government developers. Prior to discovering his aptitude as an educator, Yakov worked as an architect, project manager and application coder in the trenches of application software development. Yakov holds a Masters in Education with a specialty in instructional design for online learning from Capella University and a BS in math and computer science from Florida International University. Yakov, managing partner of eLearnIT LLC (www.elearnitonline.com), authors and delivers workshops and web based eLearning tutorials to guide professional developers toward PowerBuilder Classic and .NET mastery. Follow Yakov on Twitter as @eLearnPB

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