Part 2: Ducks in a Row

In Part 1 of this book we worked on a text layout engine. That is, code that knows how and where letters from a text go in a page. It's not a great engine, it is far from perfect, but it's the one we've got and for the purposes of this book, I like it.

We built it by experimenting. However, after a while, it got to the point where things are too complicated to add. We have an idea on how to do the next step, but I (really, I) am not confident I can do it without throwing away all the code and starting over.

Which is why, yes, we will throw most of that code away. But we will do it in a very specific, controlled manner, and we will end up with a much better thing in its place, without ever breaking it.

Welcome to the world of refactoring and testing.

First, we will turn our ball of code into a organized whole, then we will learn how to use a tool called pytest and through it how to do incremental improvements with confidence and radical changes without fear. Well, without too much fear.

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