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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A piece of software is a patchwork of old and undocumented efforts. There are no comments, no documentation, and the code is hairy -- it involves Unix shell scripts that check for dummy files and then ...
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. ...
I've inherited the code maintenance of a complex web site for a customer that continuously requests enhancements for it. This application took years to develop and I'm facing increased difficulties to ...