Linked Questions

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How to convince/prove my manager that a rewriting is needed rather than a refactoring [duplicate]

My manager wants me to refactor a gigantic amount of terribly-coupled, macroed, full of private namespace methods, hierarchy-perverted (even 10+ levels of inheritance) code which hasn't been (indeed) ...
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We're not a software company. Is a complete re-write still a bad idea? [duplicate]

I understand the reasoning behind Joel Spolsky's article "Things You Should Never Do, Part I", but I always see it referenced in regards in situations where the end goal is the production of software. ...
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When do you rebuild an application or keep on fixing the existing one [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: When is a BIG Rewrite the answer? Have you ever been involved in a BIG Rewrite? I am at a customer where I have been tasked to fix a number of issues they have in their ...
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To rewrite or slowly refactor old C++ project [duplicate]

Our team has recently inherited a relatively large project from another company (~250k lines). It was developed using C++Builder and we intend to port the Ui side to Qt. Most of the Ui code is ...
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How does one determine whether or not to rewrite poorly-designed code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a BIG Rewrite the answer? I'm on a small team that's been handed a poorly-written, half-finished 2D Java game. Our objective is to do as much as we can to make ...
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Software rewriting alternatives [duplicate]

We have a legacy system to bring up-to-date because: It uses an unpopular (amoung our users) non-sql database (Btrieve) Provides only a text interface Is written in Turbo Pascal (but compiled in ...
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When do code hacks become bad? [duplicate]

When you begin a new project/function/object you mostly have an idea of the model you want to build. It can be based on the clients' wish, on your ideas for the app or whatever. In the middle you ...
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When should you rewrite? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a BIG Rewrite the answer? In Joel Spolsky's famous (or infamous) article Thins You Should Never Do, Part I, he makes the case that doing a rewrite is always a ...
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Starting a recurring project from scratch [duplicate]

We have a project that keeps recurring. The client expects us to run a website twice a year and this is happened for the last year and a half. I took the last working copy and based our latest website ...
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Inheriting projects - General Rules? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is a BIG Rewrite the answer? Software rewriting alternatives Are there any actual case studies on rewrites of software success/failure rates? When should you ...
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Have you ever been involved in a BIG Rewrite? [closed]

Joel Spolsky said in one of his famous posts: The single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make: rewrite the code from scratch. Chad Fowler wrote: You’ve seen the ...
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Are there any actual case studies on rewrites of software success/failure rates?

I've seen multiple posts about rewrites of applications being bad, people's experiences about it here on Programmers, and an article I've ready by Joel Spolsky on the subject, but no hard evidence or ...
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When to refactor

I've read through most of Fowler's Refactoring book and have refactored many applications in my past big and small. One of the harder things I find to teach is "when" to refactor. I tend to do this ...

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