Linked Questions

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Methodology for documenting existing code base

I work as part of a team on an existing application that has no inline documentation, nor does it have technical documentation. As I've been working on various bug reports on the application, I've ...
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1answer
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What types of documents should I include in a legacy software documentation package?

TL;DR: What would you look for in a collection of documentation when taking over an app to be run a larger scale than originally designed for? I've been tasked with writing documentation for an ...
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1answer
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New frontend for legacy code

How would you engineer this: You have a legacy application that is a big ball of mud and a monolith. This application is "impossible" to change to look good on mobile devices. The management ...
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4answers
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How can I update a large legacy codebase to meet specific quality standards?

There is a lot of information about tools and techniques for improving legacy codebases, but I haven't come across any successful real world case studies. Most advice is on the micro level, and while ...
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2answers
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Anti-pattern in which code blocks are indirectly used as parameters

I was recently trying to explain a particular anti-pattern to some novice programmers and found that it was hard to express without an overly-detailed example. I'm sure it has a name and that someone ...
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0answers
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What to do with a legacy code base with no unit tests and complex architectural structure [duplicate]

I have been working for my company for almost a year now and been primarily focused on adding features and maintaining two 15+-year-old WPF Projects and one 20+-year-old WinForms Project. The ...
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4answers
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How to comprehensively test software that doesn't play well with testing?

I'm currently working in a project that aims to implement automatic testing of a software package. You can imagine this software is a bit like Excel in that it has a workspace that contains all the ...
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1answer
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Modernizing legacy application

We have an application that has served us and our clients well from some 20 years now. Pretty good track record but it's obviously showing it's age in some areas. We are looking for advise and ...
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0answers
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Structuring a “Large” Windows Forms Project and Solution To something with Multiple Sub-Projects

I've willingly inherited a VB.Net forms project based on .Net 3.5 last edited with VS2012. I was able to open it up and up-convert it to VS2017. I can compile and run it and make some little tweaks. ...
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1answer
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How to modernize large legacy Fortran program? [duplicate]

Problem Background Recently, I joined a government agency as a software engineer/scientist/analyst. Previously, worked in software industry - gained 3 years of software engineering experience at ...
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5answers
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How to document a project which is already developed?

I would like to know what options are available for documenting a project which has already been developed, as the developers who worked on didn't write even a single page of documentation. The ...
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1answer
279 views

How to ramp-up software testing from zero on a code base of approximately six years of development and in a team without practical knowledge?

In a feedback for a (deleted) question I asked here last year, I was told that there is not easy way to do software testing. We may find prepared test cases for protocols but in most case the test are ...
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7answers
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Dealing with large code base quickly in agile

At my current company, the project I work on is coded in Java, at least for the systems / backend part. Whenever I get assigned a task dealing with the Java code, it take me hours or even days to ...
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0answers
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How do I best document a codebase that someone else will soon inherit? [closed]

I will be changing jobs soon, and I would like to make life as easy as possible for whoever inherits the codebases in the future. There is unlikely to be overlap time where a new hire could ramp up ...
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0answers
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What should I do if I am unfamiliar with my organisation's codebase? [duplicate]

I've recently started my first job as a software developer at a small startup company. I do not have a degree in a software engineering related field, although, I have very recently completed an A-...

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