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Strangle Your Legacy Code

We are back with a new venue and a different format.

Building mobile applications with PowerApps and Flow

PowerApps and Flow have been getting a lot of attention lately, but in this session we will take things a little bit further than introduction and build a real application that uses both services. This application should highlight the true capability of PowerApps and Flow, and also expose some of its (current) weaknesses.​

Mark Stokes

Mark is a SharePoint Solutions Architect at Red Plan and a Microsoft MVP. Please note: Due to technical and scheduling difficulties, we will be showing a recording of the session Mark had hoped to present to us live.

Strangle Your Legacy Code

When you're mired in an ancient codebase that makes refactoring risky and expensive, how do you clear a path to continued delivery? According to the old saw, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the next best time is today. But if you already have a gnarled old source tree, an old saw is the wrong tool. Instead, plant a Strangler: a pattern for preserving your software investment by arranging for new functionality to grow in a new codebase.

As a mob, we'll test-drive a Strangler, then test-drive new features into it. Don't know what to try next? Take the keyboard. Got an idea? Step away and talk someone else through it. You'll leave with a powerful strategy for extending the useful life of working, valuable software -- especially when it's hard to change. We'll also send you home with a free bonus development practice to accelerate your team's learning. For a limited time only!

Amitai Schleier

Amitai is a software development coach, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, and award-winning bad poet. He publishes fixed-length micropodcasts at Agile in 3 Minutes, writes variable-length articles at, and contributes code and direction to notable open-source projects such as NetBSD, pkgsrc, ikiwiki, and qmail. Amitai’s ideas, prose, music, and puns have manifested at Agile Roots, Agile for Humans, CodeMash, Self.conference, pkgsrcCon, Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, NYCBUG, the International Rachmaninoff Conference, and the Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest