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Good Code, Bad Code, & Vulnerable Code
Coding is like gardening; it requires good plan, good supplies, but most importantly continuous nurture & maintenance. In this talk, we will concentrate on refactorings & program transformations that help nurture good code by removing code smells & vulnerabilities. Refactoring code is a second nature primarily for Java developers because Java IDEs were the front-runners to introduce code refactoring support early on. But, why limit refactoring only to make code maintainable & understandable? What if there were refactorings that go beyond behavior preservation & make code more secure, more
reliable, & run faster? That would require tools that rewrite code with surgical precision, such that the undesirable behavior of the code is fixed, while the good path behavior of the code remains intact.
Being integrated with source code & development process, refactorings & program transformations not only help maintain good code, but also teach developers about how to write & appreciate good code.
Munawar Hafiz is the founder & CEO of OpenRefactory, an application security company that intends to improve the way developers write secure, reliable & compliant code. Munawar had
a body of work on automated bug fixing in academia which lays the foundation for OpenRefactory.