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Thousands of errors!

I was assigned to a new project recently. Well, an old project actually, written in classic ASP. Now a new version of the application is being written in the latest ASP.NET, but it's not expected to ...
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How to gently steer a giant PHP app toward better practices? [duplicate]

So I'm responsible for maintaining and enhancing a PHP codebase that runs to around 1,100 files and 120,000 lines of code. In general, it's not terrible, although since it was written over some 10+ ...
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Working with a large, messy object [duplicate]

I have been handed a very cluttered, "One Ring" object (one object to rule them all). The OR class has 40 fields. These fields map to 16 different objects (the OR has all the fields from the 16 ...
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What is a good approach to get a detailed system design from an existing system?

I will be working on a system which will be ported over from Java to .Net. It is a pretty big system. I don't have any specifics about how the system is designed, no documentation, nothing. You know ...
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How do I maintain a really poorly written code base? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? Recently I got hired to work on existing web application because of NDA I'm not at liberty to disclose any details but ...
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1answer
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Refactoring a class which exposes way too much of its internals

I've got some legacy code (both in the sense of code that has no tests, like the definition given in Working Effectively with Legacy Code, and of relatively old code) that I have to extend. There is ...
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5answers
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How to understand and debug legacy software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? Not long ago my company placed me in a team that deals with some of the most complex bugs that are in production. The ...
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how to refactor many singletons

I have a medium-sized python program (~5000 lines of code), which I've built up over time, with no particular plan as I went ahead. The architecture I've ended up with consists of 5-6 large Singleton ...
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Converting static utility class into singleton

In company where I work we have lots of "utility" classes, each has lots of code inside (thousands of lines), and they are all static. And one static methods call anothers. The problem here is that ...
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3answers
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How to extract the active code path from a complex algorithm

I have been puzzled lately by an intruiging idea. I wonder if there is a (known) method to extract the executed source code from a large complex algorithm. I will try to elaborate this question: ...
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1answer
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How to approach legacy code? Desperate case [duplicate]

I have a methodological question. I am faced with a reasonably large legacy system (Java Enterprise). I am new to its codebase -as everybody in the team- since it's a product we had in outsourcing ...
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1answer
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How to make 100k lines of orphan code work [duplicate]

I've recently started to work on an old project, that was originally written by two professors with no programming experience. Those professors left the project before they have finished it. Meaning ...
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Getting to know my way around a database with hundreds of tables [duplicate]

I'm new to a small company that's pretty much run by one guy. He knows all the ins and outs of the system which is quite large. We have a database with about 300 different tables. I'm struggling to ...
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3answers
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How do you debug a complex application? [closed]

I have an application that is returning the wrong output, when it is run with a particular input choice. I haven't been able to get anywhere near a diagnosis of the fault, despite spending about a ...
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1answer
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Reducing the complexity of over-designed code

I have just started working at a company where I have inherited a C# codebase from a previous developer. I know programming well, have an engineering degree + an (unfinished, several year long) PhD ...

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