Sandro Mancuso's Crafting Code Course

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Does your team need to become proficient in TDD and combating legacy code? Looking for guidance on software quality and clean code from renowned experts with recent real-world expertise? Then this course is for you!

This course is designed to help developers write code that is well-crafted; code that is clean, testable, maintainable, and an expression of the business domain. The course is entirely hands-on, designed to teach developers practical techniques they can immediately apply to real-world projects.

Software Craftsmanship is at the heart of this course. Throughout, you will learn about the Software Craftsmanship attitude to development and how to apply it to your workplace.

Writing Clean Code is difficult. Cleaning existing code, even more so. You should attend if you want to:

  • Write clean code that is easy to understand and maintain
  • Become more proficient in Test-Driven Development (TDD): using tests to design and build your code base
  • Focus your tests and production code according to business requirements using Outside-In TDD (a.k.a. the London School of TDD)

Clean code necessitates good design. In the process of driving your code through tests, you will learn how to:

  • Understand design principles that lead to clean code
  • Avoid over-engineering and large rewrites by incrementally evolving your design using tests

Once you have an understanding of the principles at work, we will apply them to Legacy Code to help you gain confidence in improving legacy projects through testing, refactoring and redesigning.

Learn how to:

  • Software Craftsmanship ideology and professionalism.
  • Write clean code that is easy to understand and maintain.
  • Keep the code clean using Test-Driven Development.
  • Improve legacy code retrofitting tests and refactorings.
  • Understand the principles behind clean code.
  • Object-Oriented Design and SOLID principles.
  • Organise code structure around business domain concepts

What the community says

"This is a great course, packed with lots of little details which we often miss."

Seema Vodithala, BMJ on 17th Jun 2016

"Best course I've ever been on. Great pace and genuine interest maintained."

Thomas Cullinare on 27th Mar 2015

"I had no preconceptions of the course, but I got a huge amount out of it, and really enjoyed it."

Paul Alcock on 27th Mar 2015

"Fantastic!! Really enjoyed the experienced and inspired."

Fawad Ali on 27th Mar 2015

"Sandro clearly knows his stuff. A really well executed session."

Simon Scarfe on 24th Mar 2015

About the Author

Sandro Mancuso

Sandro Mancuso is a software craftsman, author of SOftware Craftsmanship: Professionalism Pragmatism Pride, and co-founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community (LSCC)

  • TDD lifecycle and the London School of TDD
  • Writing unit tests that express intent, not implementation
  • Using unit tests as a tool to drive good design
  • Expressive code
  • Testing and refactoring Legacy Code
  • Introduction to SOLID Principles and Domain-Driven Design

The course is fully hands-on and developers will be writing a lot of code.


Software developers that:

  • are familiar with at least one Object-Oriented language
  • are able to understand Java or C#
  • can write and execute unit tests using a framework (such as JUnit, NUnit, etc.)
  • have a basic understanding of mock objects


Bring your own hardware

Delegates are requested to bring personal laptops and have a development environment consisting of:

  • their favourite Object-Oriented language
  • a unit test framework
  • a mocking library
  • be able to create projects, build source code and run test cases in their development environment

In addition, a distributed version-control system such as Git is desirable.