Make legacy code delightful with statecharts

Matt Pocock

Legacy code is everywhere

Legacy code is code without an organisational advocate

When you understand the intent of legacy code, it stops being legacy

Legacy Code in React

useEffect

Let's look at some code

What's wrong with this process?

You need to track all the dependencies first

Then, understand all the implementation details

The intent of the code is the last thing you understand

Is this process delightful?

Let's go again!

mattpocock/react-finland-talk

This problem scales with complexity

How would you mitigate it?

Inline Comments

External Docs

Abstractions

What's the solution?

Statecharts

Intent first, implementation second

Explicit events > Implicit dependencies

Tired: the diagram represents the code

Wired: the diagram is the code

Statically Analyzable Code

Code that can speak for itself

Thank you!

Make legacy code delightful with statecharts

By Matt Pocock

Make legacy code delightful with statecharts

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