In the software development industry, we spend a lot of time talking about good design and not nearly enough time talking about design as it is practiced normally. Every code base bears the mark of thousands of micro and macro code design decisions. In the end these decisions give code bases form and the form that they culminate in is rarely what we call beautiful.
In this talk, Michael Feathers will outline the forces that lead to the sort of code we find in the industry and discuss how we might alter our notions of beauty in design in response to the bare facts about how our actions give code shape..
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