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The Refactory principals have experience with many companies, including Caterpillar, Iron Mountain Fulfillment Services, Ernst & Young, Hewitt Associates, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Insurance, Lucent Technologies, North American Lighting, American Express Financial Advisors, Lifespan Research Institute, Industrial Logic, Communication Security Establishment of Canada, IBM, NCSA, Sprint, Ralston-Purina, The Object People, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, and Abbott Labs (click here for a full list of our clients.)

We believe that the sharing of information is an essential part of the software development process. Our principal members share this information with one another, which allows us to build on one another's ideas. This enables us to maintain our competitive edge by keeping our methods ahead of the field standard.

The Refactory, Inc. was founded in 1998 by five internationally recognized experts on patterns, frameworks, refactoring, adaptive object-models, reuse, and object-oriented design.  Our biographies and experiences can be found here.  Our staff offers a unique blend of practical experience and research acumen.  Each principal brings doctoral level skills and a long history of professional programming experience to the table.  The Refactory Inc.'s principals have been working with object-oriented design since their development and have pioneered research in the field of adaptable systems.

We also strongly believe that the best consultant is the one who is trying to put himself or herself out of a job.

Mentoring and Consulting

The principals of The Refactory have found that consulting and mentoring are incredible opportunities for growth and understanding within the field. Our principal members have both consulted and mentored extensively within the commercial world to bring a consciousness about frameworks, objects, patterns, adaptive systems, and other groundbreaking research to life. 

Ralph Johnson is one of four authors of the best selling book "Design Patterns" and has been dealing with objects since their inception; Don Roberts is an expert with analysis, design and software development - specifically OO systems; Don Roberts and John Brant are co-authors of the first commercial refactoring tools; Joseph Yoder has taught, mentored, consulted, and managed various software projects for many years, including applying patterns, designing architecture, creating adaptive object models, utilizing agile methods, developing frameworks, refactoring existing systems, object oriented software development in Java, C#/.NET, Smalltalk and C++, and web design and cloud services.; Brian Foote is the author of over two-dozen published patterns and has been working with frameworks, patterns, and objects for years.

Analysis & Design

Analysis and Design are important aspects in understanding the evolution of existing systems and the development of new ones. The Refactory, Inc. principals are some of the most well respected framework developers, object-oriented designers, and pattern writers in the field and each have focused on analysis and design of object-oriented systems for years. We specialize in light weight methodologies, specifically those now being recognized as Agile Software Development.

The Refactory specializes in the development of quality systems through the use of frameworks and refactoring, using light-weight programming methodologies (agile practices), testing (pragmatic TDD), refactoring, and adaptive object models. Our agile methods increase production speed, while maintaining adaptability and ensuring quality systems.

Architecture

As computer and software systems evolve more complexity due to changing business and home user requirements, effective software design becomes more important than ever. As software systems evolve, they often become less manageble, as simple expedient solutions are implemented with no concern for the overall function of the application. Over time this eventually leads to the need for the refactoring of the entire system or the design of a new one. While this cycle is not always inevitable, it's process can be, if not prevented altogether, at least substantially slowed with the use of proper software architecture. 

The Refactory specializes in the development of architecture through the use of frameworks and refactoring, using light-weight  (agile) programming methodologies, (pragmatic) testing, and building adaptable systems. Our Agile methods increase production speed, while maintaining adaptability and ensuring quality architecture. 

Building Adaptable Systems

Architectures that can dynamically adapt to changing requirement are sometimes called “reflective” or “meta” architectures. We call a particular kind of reflective architecture an “Adaptive Object-Model (AOM)” architecture.  It is a model based on instances rather than classes. Users change the metadata (object model) to reflect changes to the domain model. These changes modify the system's behavior. Adaptive object models support changeable domain modules by casting business rules as interpreted data and representing objects, properties and relationships in external declarations.  Adaptive object models also make it easier to allow users to add new rules and features to the system without new programming.   This type of architecture is ideal in today's market of ever-evolving business requirements.

The Refactory has provided services developing adaptive object models in such industries as the insurance domain, health services, manufacturing, and to financial institutions.  Clients such as the Illinois Department of Health and Iron Mountain Fulfillment Services have benefited from the successful deployment of dynamic architecture by The Refactory. 

Frameworks

A framework is a piece of software that provides reuse at larger granularity, enabling not only code reuse but also design reuse. Frameworks use techniques that allow applications to specialize logic to solve a more specific problem. The Refactory utilizes contemporary techniques for building frameworks. It starts from the fundamental object oriented techniques to achieve behavior adaptation, such as inheritance and composition, and goes through the usage of more advanced techniques, such as reflection and metadata. Frameworks are reusable designs for an application or a subsystem expressed as a set of classes and the way that instances of these classes collaborate. A framework describes not only how to partition the responsibilities of a system among its components, but also how to think about a problem.

The Refactory has done groundbreaking work in the area of framework and object evolution.  We have applied these insights as we have cultivated frameworks for a number of domains.  We can train your development team on framework basics and/or we can assist your team by developing the core of your framework and collaborating with your internal team on the results.

Refactoring

Refactoring is the process of changing software without altering its external behavior. Refactoring software to make it maintainable and extendable has become a recognized best practice and has been incorporated into many Agile practices such as Scrum, TDD and XP. Refactoring improves the structure of the design of a system to allow for later extensions or to make maintenance easier.  Toward this end, we refactor software in a disciplined way to minimize disruptions and to allow the system to safely evolve.

The Refactory can assist by providing an analysis of your current system, with an eye toward pinpointing "mud" and "code smells."  Our analysis will lead to suggestions for evolving your current system by mentoring, consulting, and training your current team, or we can assist your team by providing the core of your refactoring and collaborating with your internal team on the results.

Software Development

The principals of The Refactory are recognized as experts in the object oriented programming field.  We have worked extensively with object-oriented programming including development through C#/.NET, Java, Smalltalk and C++.  We have specialized in the development of frameworks, refactoring, using light-weight programming methodologies, testing, and building adaptable systems. 

The Refactory can assist by providing a team of developers to provide the software solution for your company, or by providing the necessary tools to your development team, including training, mentoring, and consultation, leading to the ideal solution for your software needs.  We have the skills, experience and ambition to make your project successful.

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The Refactory, Inc. and its consultants provide top notch on-site training and consulting services. Through our combined years of industry and academic experience, the principals of The Refactory base our consultation on proven practices backed by industry leading research. We have the skills, experience and ambition to make your project successful.

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7 Florida Drive Urbana, IL 61801
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