In one of C++ books/tutorials I have read that there is a syndrome of so called beginner. The problem is that when a beginner starts to code a big project, then there comes a point when the project is as much spoiled up that it is better for experienced programmer to start that project from 0 then to refactor the code. This was called a syndrome of someone (whose name I don't remember.) Do you know where I could read about this? Do you remember the name of that person by whose honor was the syndrome's name?
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Beginner programmer shows his code to experienced programmer and asks, where is an error in my code? "In DNA" was the answer. Maybe this syndrome called something like
It remains me of the tale of electrodragon by St. Lem.
Electrodragon was created by the mistake by the new electromachine. The only solution to the problem the electromachine could find was to create bigger electrodragon. Those could be than defended with even bigger electrodragon.
Any attempt to fix the code you've described would result in even bigger and even more unmanagable code, so it could be called electrodragon syndrome.