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Optimizing for Developer Delight (JS Summit 2013)

by Rebecca Murphey

Published November 20, 2013 in Technology

Earlier this year, I sat down with 25,000 lines of code written by a team of variously experienced developers in the crucible of a non-negotiable deadline.

I didn't have a list of features to add or a list of bugs to fix; my mandate, as more and more developers were trying and struggling to contribute to the project, was to focus on developer happiness.

From simple improvements like adding asserts and logging, to major changes that touched a scary-large portion of the repo, this talk will take a look at what we did to make a large codebase easier to understand, what we still need to do, and what you should start doing on your own project as soon as you get back to work.