May 23, 2022
Adam Tornhill is a programmer who combines degrees in engineering and psychology. He's the founder of CodeScene where he designs tools for software analysis. He’s also the author of Software Design X-Rays, the best-selling book Your Code as a Crime Scene, Lisp for the Web, and Patterns in C. Adam’s other interests include modern history, music, and martial arts.
Topics of Discussion:
[2:10] Adam talks about how he got his start in code metrics 25 years ago and why he’s discovered that it’s so hard to write good code.
[3:48] What are the other book ideas Adam has to add to his existing four?
[4:53] What motivated Adam to write Your Code as a Crime Scene and what is the premise?
[9:02] When assembling the data, relevance, as well as quality, are both important.
[10:29] Cyclomatic complexity is an old metric, as are many others, that is not quite tangible or relevant.
[11:58] Why Adam prefers to look at code health vs. code quality.
[13:26] The process is slightly different when looking at code health for existing code vs. writing new code.
[15:23] How does CodeScene aid in the pull request process?
[18:31] CodeScene integrates with your version control repository and work tracking tools to find where bugs were introduced.
[22:22] Is CodeScene meant to be a standalone tool or can it work alongside many of the other tools on the market?
[24:57] Adam’s rules of thumb for those getting started in software systems.
[28:12] Why Adam’s preferred method of delivering software architecture has changed over the years.
[30:36] What are the steps for implementing CodeScene into a codebase?
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