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about spaghetti code is how much more spaghetti it begets. In the initial stages, this is known as alpha begetti spaghetti (sorry!).

Once you find yourself mired in Spagcode, any changes quickly take on the mode of "Crap! this is too much work to do properly by deadline! I'll just put this hacky bit of cruft in here to make it work now, and come back to do it properly later".

Of course, those who have been in software development long enough to have worked on OPS (Other People's Spaghetti) also know that "later" never comes.. so the hack you quickly threw in to meet the deadline becomes yet more spaghetti for someone else to deal with. Often, that someone else is an older you.

Eventually you reach a point where it is simpler to declare the spaghetti 'obsolete', and begin work on version 2.

Yes, this is the bitter voice of experience :)

In reply to The worst thing.. by moot
in thread Spaghetti code... by davido

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