It’s spring! The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the whole world seems born anew. It’s no wonder so many people find spring the perfect time of year to open their windows and sweep out all the grime of winter.
But your home isn’t the only thing that could use a spring cleaning — it’s a great time to freshen up your codebase too. Whether you have just an hour or a few days, use this checklist to identify opportunities to ‘clean’ your code.
Check for version upgrades to any frameworks, libraries, and resources you use.
Grep your codebase for “TODO.” What’s the oldest todo you have, or the least complicated one? Can you get it done?
Is your codebase well-tested? Are tests written in a human-readable way?
Does your codebase have places where there is a lot of repeated logic? See if you can make that logic reusable.
What’s on your product roadmap of upcoming features or requirements? If a change is coming soon, focus on sprucing up the code around it.
What parts of your codebase change frequently, or have a lot of conditions? Can they be abstracted? Can they be simplified?
What processes or classes are the hardest to work with? Poll your dev team for their biggest pain points — your spring cleaning project can be a great way to improve the developer experience.
This checklist should help you discover the quick wins to tidy up your codebase, but if your spring cleaning unearths bigger messes, we can help! Send us a message and we’ll clean it up together.