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I seem to be "Pedantic About Good Programming Practices Man" this morning, yet another super(?)hero that nobody really wants to see:

    So explain that you'll change the overall architecture to accomidate new features, but you'll copy the individual functions (or the algorithm part, if you're adding arguments and making them members, but the keep it simple for the boss) over from the original work, and reviewing each as you go.

Don't forget the regression tests. There's little more embarassing than refactoring a program "to improve its robustness", then breaking the code in various subtle ways that slip into production. Properly written regression tests let you say to your manager: "So it works the way it did before, and also does foo, and I can add new features in half the time" with some actual data to back you up.

See also How You (Yes You!) Can Get Involved and The Joy of Test, among others.

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In reply to Re(2): So I'm in a bit of a quandary by FoxtrotUniform
in thread So I'm in a bit of a quandary by vek

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