Refactoring to more code

Refactor my code is a neat site where you can post your code and watch others refactor it. I saw an interesting bit of code whiz past and thought I’d take a crack at it.

Removing conditionals from code is one of the little games I sometimes play while coding. Here, I’ve extracted the logic of the conditional into another class. The resulting class is _much more_ code than the original. So why do that?

Well, I say you get a few benefits:

* The logic is now far easier to test. It’s a standalone object now rather than a Rails functional test.
* The flow of what’s being done and tested is more decomposed and easier to follow.
* Most importantly, the code explains itself. No need for comments (which will undoubtedly go out of sync over time) here!

While I delight in deleting code and writing as little as possible, refactoring this to _more_ code seems the right way. What say you?

Update: Make sure you check out Marcel Molina’s refactoring. Its probably better than mine ;)

2 thoughts on “Refactoring to more code

  1. I like it – very neat. But isn\’t it amazing how what one guy does in 12 lines another does in 6 and another in 40, all to achieve the same result? I wonder how often people write thousands instead of tens, and how often each is better.

  2. I think the determination of whether Marcel’s or your refactoring is “better” highly dependent on context, which we don’t have here. However, if this action is indicative of a pattern in the application, your refactoring is a good step forward. If I were giving your refactoring, I’d probably either encapsulate more by passing in the controller object ending up with something like PasswordValidator.handle_demo_user(self, params[password]) or gone the other direction with a mix of your’s and Marcel’s.

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