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Re: Understanding Chaos

by DACONTI (Scribe)
on Apr 22, 2007 at 19:30 UTC ( #611398=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Understanding Chaos

Hi logie17
I had this problem few years ago with a job scheduling software and I managed it!
I used following principles, I think some of them could also apply for your case:
1. Instead of trying to understand the code I tried first to understand what it was doing.
In fact by quickly evaluating the nr of code lines, the techniques used and the style of coding I saw that it was impossible to understand the code in a finite time.
2. I prepared myself dummies to simulate less important modules (in this case the scheduled jobs). In this way I got a substantial easier complexity to manage.
3. When I had to change something I took just whole functions away and rebuilt them new.I studied only poorly the code,instead I concentrated my efforts more in understanding the requirements.
Because who says you that existing procedures are really implementing correctly the required functionality?
4. I was testing a lot, and I took care to optimize test runs.
But finally I can only say to you:
Good Luck!
Regs,
DACONTI


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