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Legacy Code Rocks explores the world of modernizing existing software applications. Hosts Andrea Goulet and M. Scott Ford of Corgibytes are out to change the way you think about legacy code.

If you’re like a lot of people, when you hear the words “legacy code” it conjures up images of big mainframes and archaic punch card machines. While that’s true — it only tells a small part of the story. The truth is, the code you leave behind is your legacy, so let's make it a good one.

Legacy Code Rock‪s‬ Andrea Goulet and M. Scott Ford

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Legacy Code Rocks explores the world of modernizing existing software applications. Hosts Andrea Goulet and M. Scott Ford of Corgibytes are out to change the way you think about legacy code.

If you’re like a lot of people, when you hear the words “legacy code” it conjures up images of big mainframes and archaic punch card machines. While that’s true — it only tells a small part of the story. The truth is, the code you leave behind is your legacy, so let's make it a good one.

    Trans-Inclusive Design with Erin White

    Trans-Inclusive Design with Erin White

    We like to think that technology is our objective and neutral assistant, our faithful lieutenant constrained with science and armed with cold, hard data. But this is incorrect. Technology reflects the attitudes of humans who created it. It contains our biases and our preconceived notions. It reflects who we are while distorting our perception of who we think we are, transforming our impulse for binary simplifications into the strict binary framework of ones and zeroes. Inevitably, this leaves some folks out. 
    Today we talk with Erin White, Head of digital engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries in Richmond, VA, on their fascination with the intersections of equity, justice, and computer systems. Erin tells us how technology can both advance and hamper the achievements of social equality, and how inclusive software design can help us realize our own biases and remove them from our code. 
    After you finish listening to the episode, make sure you connect with Erin on LinkedIn and Twitter, where they write about technology and progressive politics.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Erin on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinrwhite/ 
    Erin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/erinrwhite 
    Erin White, Trans-Inclusive Design at https://alistapart.com/article/trans-inclusive-design/

    • 48 min
    Measuring Code Quality with Dan Sturtevant

    Measuring Code Quality with Dan Sturtevant

    Many analytical models can help you to measure some aspects of the quality of your codebase. However, only a combination of these models can give you complete information about your code's integrity and the real-world necessity for its improvement. Today we talk with Dan Sturtevant, the CEO of Silverthread Inc and a Technology and Operations Management Researcher at the Harvard Business School. Dan shares with us the solutions for diagnosing software health and aligning it with business performance goals and desired financial outcomes. 
    When you finish listening to the episode, make sure to connect with Dan on LinkedIn, visit Silverthread's website at https://www.silverthreadinc.com, and check out their CodeMRI diagnostics tool. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Dan on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dansturtevant/ 
    Silverthread, Inc at: https://www.silverthreadinc.com 
    CodeMRI at: https://www.silverthreadinc.com/codemri-diagnostics 
    Carliss Y. Baldwin, Design Rules, Vol. 1: The Power of Modularity at: https://amzn.to/39XSGA3

    • 46 min
    Keeping Up with Ruby on Rails with Robby Russell

    Keeping Up with Ruby on Rails with Robby Russell

    Ruby on Rails is a fast-moving community and it is not always easy to keep up with it. Given the efficiency of the framework, however, it is well worth trying. Today we talk to Robby Russell, creator of Oh My Z Shell, host of Maintainable software podcast, and CEO of Planet Argon – a software consultancy that helps organizations improve their existing Ruby on Rails applications. We chat with Robby about his own beginnings, the creation of the Oh My Z Shell, the early days of Ruby on Rails, and how to keep up with the fast-moving Rails community. When you finish listening to the episode, connect with Robby on Twitter and LinkedIn, and make sure to start following his podcast Maintainable. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Robby Russell on Twitter at https://twitter.com/robbyrussell 
    Robby Russell on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/robbyrussell/
    Robby Russell on GitHub github.com/robbyrussell
    Planet Argon at planetargon.com
    Oh My Z Shell at ohmyz.sh
    Oh My Z Shell on Twitter at twitter.com/ohmyzsh
    Maintainable podcast at https://maintainable.fm 

    • 56 min
    Microservices Security with Prabath Siriwardena and Nuwan Dias

    Microservices Security with Prabath Siriwardena and Nuwan Dias

    Security is a big topic with many facets, and this is especially true for microservices. Microservices deployment has been around for some time, but security didn’t get much attention from developers – they simply trusted the network. Today we talk with Prabath Siriwardena and Nuwan Dias, authors of Microservices Security in Action* and deputy CTOs of the WSO2, on the state of microservices security today. We dig deep into the issues of infrastructure, available tools, procedures, and challenges in predicting the threats and integrating security patches into microservices.
    When you finish listening to the episode, make sure to connect with Prabath and Nuwan on LinkedIn and Twitter, and book their services at https://wso2.com with a steep 35% discount with the code podlegacy20.  And don’t miss the opportunity to read their book Microservices Security in Action for free with the codes provided below (codes expire in March 2021). 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Prabath Siriwardena on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/prabathsiriwardena/
    Prabath Siriwardena on Twitter at https://twitter.com/prabath 
    Nuwan Dias on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nuwandias/?originalSubdomain=lk 
    Nuwan Dias on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nuwandias 
    Read Prabath Siriwardena and Nuwan Dias, Microservices Security in Action at https://www.manning.com/books/microservices-security-in-action?query=nuwan for free with codes:
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    Use WSO2 services at https://wso2.com with 35% discount with the code podlegacy20
    * Heads up! If you purchase the book through the link above, we will get a small commission which helps us continue to bring quality content to our Legacy Code Rocks! community. You won’t pay a penny more, we receive a small kickback, and you’re supporting our friends who wrote the book. Everybody wins!
     

    • 35 min
    Legacy Coders with Clive Thompson

    Legacy Coders with Clive Thompson

    In the last episode of 2020, we took a stroll through the little known corridors of coding history with Clive Thompson. Clive is a technology and science journalist for the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. In his new book Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World*, he explores how computer programmers - the people who are increasingly running the world - think and what are their plans for changing the way WE work, think and live. In this episode, he tells us incredible stories of coding past and present, giving us a glimpse into how the future is made. When you finish listening to this episode, connect with Clive on Twitter, visit his website, and enjoy reading his books*.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Clive on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pomeranian99
    Clive’s website: https://www.clivethompson.net/ 
    Clive Thompson, Coders: The Making of the New Tribe and the Remaking of the World at https://amzn.to/34Kf3pR*
    About Betty Holberton at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Holberton 
    About Margaret Hamilton at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton_(software_engineer) 
    Michael Abrash, Graphics Programming Black Book at https://amzn.to/3mSxoXV* 
    BBC micro:bit at https://microbit.org/ 
    Jordan Mechner, The Making of Prince of Persia at https://amzn.to/2KK7hoZ*
    * Heads up! If you purchase the book through the link above, we will get a small commission which helps us continue to bring quality content to our Legacy Code Rocks! community. You won’t pay a penny more, we receive a small kickback, and you’re supporting our friends who wrote the book. Everybody wins!

    • 38 min
    Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary with Johanna Rothman

    Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary with Johanna Rothman

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work and communicate, some people expected remote work to become more popular. The thought was, however, that the transition will be done by choice, not by force! 
    Today we talk with Johanna Rothmann, a management consultant, speaker, and author of over a dozen reference books on management, agile, team-building, and software development. Just a year before the first lockdown orders descended on the cities around the world, Johanna published with Mark Kilby a fantastic guide on managing remote teams: From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver*.
    Johanna is our dear guest and a great friend of the show. We invited her today to celebrate together the fifth anniversary of our community. But we couldn't miss the opportunity to pick her brain and seek some advice on remote working and how to manage it. 
    When you finish listening to the episode, connect with Johanna on Twitter and LinkedIn, check out her website, and read From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams* and other Johanna's books*. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Johanna on Twitter at https://twitter.com/johannarothman 
    Johanna on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannarothman/ 
    Johanna’s website at https://www.jrothman.com 
    From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver at https://amzn.to/2K11SJO* 
    Johanna’s books at https://amzn.to/3nlcfGR*
    Legacy Code Rocks: Project Management with Johanna Rothman at https://www.legacycode.rocks/podcast-1/episode/faf2a514/project-management-with-johanna-rothman
    * Heads up! If you purchase the book through the link above, we will get a small commission which helps us continue to bring quality content to our Legacy Code Rocks! community. You won’t pay a penny more, we receive a small kickback, and you’re supporting our friends who wrote the book. Everybody wins!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

etagwerker ,

Great Interviews About Legacy Code and Maintainability

I really like the way Andrea and M. Scott lead their interviews. Questions are insightful and their guests are top-notch software engineers.

I wish there were more podcasts like Legacy Code Rocks! I feel like as an industry, we don’t talk enough about maintainability, mending code, and legacy projects. :D

Ckhrysze ,

Making me rethink thoughts on legacy code

I became aware of this podcast when one of the hosts appeared on another. I've only listened to a few episodes thus far, but am enoying it and how it is causing me to reflect on how I approach legacy code.

poornima ,

Podcast that exposes people to the importance of doing rework

A much needed podcast for people who are faced with rework, when it comes to building products and companies, and how to stay motivated by doing it.

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