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When is a BIG Rewrite the answer?

Just read the question about the Big Rewrites and I remembered a question that I've been wanting answered myself. I have a horrible project passed down to me, written in old Java, using Struts 1.0, ...
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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 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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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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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. ...