How To Pick The Most Effective Refactoring Strategy

Refactoring is a method of re-engineering software that makes it easier to understand and operate more effectively. It is one of the fastest growing methods of getting data, software, and digital services onto the cloud and consists of several techniques that developers can use to eliminate redundancies, correct unnatural dependencies, improve flexibility, and streamline front- and back-end compatibility.

It is important, when beginning any refactoring project, to take into consideration the dozens of applications, strategies, and potential benefits that refactoring offers its users. In addition, consider your strategic business objectives and be sure that they are in alignment with your refactoring strategy. After all, if we choose and stick to a well-thought-out refactoring strategy, we should be able to maximize our time and money savings.

So just what are some of the common refactoring strategies for cloud migration? The next section explores various strategies along two different use cases that benefit from their application.

Refactoring Strategy – Early Or Delayed Release

Two of the primary strategies utilized in refactoring relate to how refactoring principles are applied over time. Should refactoring techniques be used to transform a code all at once or over a set period of time? The speed or ‘early release’ strategy, as opposed to a ‘delayed release’ strategy, is designed to satisfy immediate needs where a portion of code requires adjustments in a short span of time. Either approach can be useful given the right scenario and can be optimized around a particular set of refactoring needs.

Early release is a necessary approach, for instance, when a company is in the process of deploying their systems to the cloud and need to make adjustments on the fly. In a case like this, less emphasis is placed on long-term cost savings in the interest of meeting short-term distribution needs.

On the other hand, taking a delayed release strategy helps companies build for the long-term. Many engineers will opt for a long-term strategy that allows teams time to focus on details and avoid the need for architectural refactoring in future releases.

And while quick release may allow for early results and immediate market exposure, teams may prefer a delayed release that gives them time to integrate project with organizational objectives. By taking an integrated approach, engineers can avoid fragmented communication and poor delivery strategies that typically plague IT teams.

The case of refactoring for business logic provides a great example of how either an early or delayed release strategy may be applicable, depending on a project’s objectives. Business logic refers to a body of code consisting of the underlying processes that perform interactive user-facing operations. For a hotel booking website, for instance, the business logic code would comprise the fields that engage the user to execute a booking through the site. If that company wanted to host that portion of their business on the cloud, it is likely that the code would need to be refactored to ensure consistent performance.

During an initial analysis of the site source code, engineers should determine the location of any duplications and other performance deficiencies. Tools such as Tiempo’s Cloud Assessment help developers assess an organization’s cloud maturity and determine their progress based on business requirements and associated corporate value. Issues can then be addressed using refactoring techniques on either an early or delayed release schedule.

Refactoring Strategies – Adding Function vs. Refining Function

Another important set of strategies center around the functional aspects of a given cloud-based system. Refactoring can be introduced either as a way to add function to a source code or to refine existing code structures to meet cloud migration needs.

When it comes to dealing with unnatural dependencies, for instance, both adding function and refining existing functions present opportunities to neutralize threats to system performance. As programs expand over time, overloaded sections of code can be split up into modules that can be adjusted, moved, or isolated depending on the refactoring need.

To determine whether or not these function-oriented strategies will work for your refactoring project, consider how large your source code is, and the density therein of unnatural dependencies. Individual modules in different target areas can be manipulated or replaced without disrupting the overall functionality.

Choosing The Right Refactoring Strategy

Whether you choose a refactoring strategy based on your functional business requirements or on time constraints, taking a strategic approach through any refactoring process is the most important principle to retain throughout your project.

Early and delayed release strategies, refined vs. additional function—each of these strategies serves the need of users looking to streamline their code to make it suitable for integration into cloud infrastructure.

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