Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Book review: Professional Refactoring in C# & ASP.NET

Three months ago I was looking up to refactoring a legacy ASP.NET Webforms application. Although I was familiar with refactoring, I ordered "Professional Refactoring in C# & ASP.NET" by Daniejel Arsenovski to get deeper into refactoring.

The title

Although the title states "Professional", I think this book should find it's main audience in coding novices. Another problem with the title is the word ASP.NET in it. The book has one chapter covering ASP.NET, with only 35 poor-quality pages in it.

Now the title has some issues, but how was the content?

The content

Danijel identifies codesmells and shows refactoring techniques to solve them. Too bad some of these examples are spreaded over multiple pages, which makes them a tad sloppy and hard to read. Danijel stresses how important Object Oriented design is. He proves this by transforming procedural code into Object Oriented code, greatly improving the readability. This book should help developers who are new to or come from a non-OO background to apply the basic Object Oriented concepts. Next to refactoring techniques, he also touches refactoring tools, unit testing and design patterns.

I think the beginning .NET developer might be able to significally start improving his codebase by reading this book. For more experienced .NET developers most of the topics handled in the book should be part of their day-to-day skillset.

Conclusion

All by all I was a bit dissapointed by the book, it was an easy read, had a few interesting tricks, but I expected it would go more into depth.

Something valuable I realised though.. is that refactoring isn't something you learn by reading a book, but you learn it by obeying the constant hunger for improving your code.

If you feel confident that you dig the basic concepts of writing quality code, I would instead of buying this book, invest in a good book on Object Oriented concepts or design patterns.






Monday, November 9, 2009

My trip to Madrid in ten pictures

Last week I went to Madrid with my family-in-law to visit my girlfriend's brother and cousin.

Although our stay there was rather short (only four days), we visited some of the most impressive places in Madrid:
- Stadium Real Madrid
- The Royal Palace
- Prado Museum
- Queen Sofia Museum
- Buen Retiro Park
- Plaza Mayor
- ...


As always my girlfriend took lots of pictures, you can find my favorites below. Enjoy :)

Stadium Real Madrid



Pay attention to the stitching "Jesus in first place"


Royal Palace





Ruïnes of an Egyptian temple



Buen Retiro Park




Older lady feeding the birds. I wonder what her trick is.. Four of us tried letting them eat out of our hands, but we all failed.