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Troy A. Griffitts
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Mon Jun 27 03:58:44 MST 2005
Thanks Will, Amazingly that was the one.
Will Thimbleby wrote:
> On 26 Jun 2005, at 8:27 am, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>> I once reluctantly read an article about rewriting code from
>> scratch. In the end I was convinced that it was in general a bad
>> idea. I wish I could point to the article and may dig it up, but
>> his point that sticks in my mind goes something like: all developers
>> are, by nature, designers and always look at code and think, what a
>> mess, I could rewrite that faster than learn how that works. Code
>> that has been around a long time has gone through invaluable time of
>> testing and fixing. You may not understand why things are done as
>> they are, because you don't know all the scenarios the code operates
>> correctly under. All the little tweaks for X to work while not
>> breaking Y are expressed in the code, but not easily evident.
>> Rewriting code throws away all that knowledge and experience.
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