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How to rescue legacy code through refactoring

Jeroen Moens posted a, very well written, article on paying technical debt in a legacy codebase.

How can you get a legacy codebase under control and bring it to a new level of maturity? This post summarises my advice and lessons learned from years of working on a large legacy web application.


On a sidenote: as an Artisan I always like to sneak in a little Laravel in legacy projects. There are a lot of Illuminate components take can be used independently outside Laravel. If you want to do this too take a look at Matt Stauffer’s Torch repo on GitHub.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.