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I disagree with this. Very often, the bloat and bug-fix-but-not-really-cause-it's-now-unmaintainable creep ... that makes the application completely unworkable. I've taken applications that I could rework and I've taken applications that were completely unfeasible to rework and that rewriting was a matter of 2-3 weeks, most of that reading the horrid application cause there were no requirements. (And, yes, it was large ... before I got my paws into it.) And, I got rid of unnecessary misfeatures and streamlined the code and migrated it from Tk to CGI and sped it up 5-fold.

So, don't say that rewriting is bad-horrible-evil-unclean. That's like saying "GOTO is bad in every instance". Wrong. It's bad in almost every instance. But, that's why they pay us the big bucks - to figure out that 1-100 instance where goto is not only not bad, but even suggested.

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In reply to Re: Re: (OT) Rewriting, from scratch, a huge code base by dragonchild
in thread (OT) Rewriting, from scratch, a huge code base by Ovid

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