Linked Questions

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What is the most effective way to add functionality to unfamiliar, structurally unsound code? [duplicate]

This is probably something everyone has to face during the development sooner or later. You have an existing code written by someone else, and you have to extend it to work under new requirements. ...
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9answers
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How should I go about learning a very large and complex application? [duplicate]

Being a young and fairly inexperienced developer recently employed by a "real" software company I'd like some opinions and pointers on how to do the following: Approaches on how to get familiar with ...
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10answers
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It's my first week of work, I've got the code checked out and am told to look around it until I have an assignment next week. What do I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I've been in this situation before and I kind of just poke around the code while really surfing the internet. I care about this ...
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6answers
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What is the norm for introducing new hires to a code base? [duplicate]

After college I worked at one company for 6 months, and I've just now joined another one, bringing the grand total in my career so far to two. So the first company had a few hundred thousand lines of ...
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3answers
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What kind of process should I use to learn a big system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I just joined a new company and started to study one of the their bigger system. For me to be productive, I need to understand the ...
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5answers
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What is the best method to start understanding BIG project source code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? Sometimes before developing new products we need to understand some existing products or existing source code. Sometimes to ...
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3answers
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Study Doom 3 Source Code [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I want to study the source code of a large project (for example, the Doom 3 source code) and I would like some help determining ...
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2answers
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Contributing to open source software (how to hack) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I am currently a student and started programming a few years ago. I am able to write complete working software in many languages. ...
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1answer
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How to gain understanding of large systems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I have worked as a developer developing C/C++ applications for mobile platforms (Windows Mobile and Symbian) for about six years. ...
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3answers
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How do you find your way in deeply nested, interfacey code? [duplicate]

I know most people hate flat and long functions, and hate when code is not full of ISomethings. The problem is that I guess my mind works in different way, and I always have problems with that type ...
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5answers
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What is the most effective approach to learn an unfamiliar complex program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I have quite a bit of experience with different programming languages and writing small and functional programs for a variety of ...
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2answers
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How to fix very bad code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How do you dive into large code bases? How do I handle refactoring that takes longer than one sprint? I have 2 files that cover 5000 lines of code. I have been ask to ...
0
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1answer
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Best way to quickly explore/grok open source C/C++ projects? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suggested workflow for quickly being able to download various c/c++ open source projects and then begin intelligently navigate sources. "Intelligently" means being able to jump ...
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0answers
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How do you dive into a big ball of mud? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? So there is a question about understanding code. Mine is a similar problem. It started when I joined my current org. and like I ...
4
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1answer
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Methods to understanding coding relationships and infrastructure within an unfamiliar codebase [duplicate]

I have recently begun studying a codebase which I will soon be working with. The current codebase has been written by a team of about 5 rockstar developers (whatever that means), and it hasn't really ...

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