Linked Questions

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What is the most effective way to add functionality to unfamiliar, structurally unsound code? [duplicate]

This is probably something everyone has to face during the development sooner or later. You have an existing code written by someone else, and you have to extend it to work under new requirements. ...
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16answers
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How do you go about understanding others' code? [duplicate]

What do you do to understand some code that you didn't write? Or code that you wrote long time ago and don't remember what it does anymore. Do you have some technique that you go about? Do you ...
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9answers
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How should I go about learning a very large and complex application? [duplicate]

Being a young and fairly inexperienced developer recently employed by a "real" software company I'd like some opinions and pointers on how to do the following: Approaches on how to get familiar with ...
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10answers
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It's my first week of work, I've got the code checked out and am told to look around it until I have an assignment next week. What do I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I've been in this situation before and I kind of just poke around the code while really surfing the internet. I care about this job ...
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6answers
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What is the norm for introducing new hires to a code base? [duplicate]

After college I worked at one company for 6 months, and I've just now joined another one, bringing the grand total in my career so far to two. So the first company had a few hundred thousand lines of ...
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5answers
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What is the best method to start understanding BIG project source code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? Sometimes before developing new products we need to understand some existing products or existing source code. Sometimes to write ...
3
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3answers
592 views

What kind of process should I use to learn a big system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I just joined a new company and started to study one of the their bigger system. For me to be productive, I need to understand the ...
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3answers
532 views

How do you find your way in deeply nested, interfacey code? [duplicate]

I know most people hate flat and long functions, and hate when code is not full of ISomethings. The problem is that I guess my mind works in different way, and I always have problems with that type ...
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2answers
663 views

Contributing to open source software (how to hack) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I am currently a student and started programming a few years ago. I am able to write complete working software in many languages. ...
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5answers
2k views

What is the most effective approach to learn an unfamiliar complex program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I have quite a bit of experience with different programming languages and writing small and functional programs for a variety of ...
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1answer
558 views

How to gain understanding of large systems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you dive into large code bases? I have worked as a developer developing C/C++ applications for mobile platforms (Windows Mobile and Symbian) for about six years. About ...
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3answers
472 views

Seeking advice writing functional requirements [duplicate]

I inherited a project that I've been maintaining for approximately a year now. The project primarily revolves around performing various financial calculations for the end user. It's roughly 100,000 ...
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2answers
780 views

How to approach the understanding, documentation and validation of legacy code [duplicate]

I've been tasked with studying a Python code, which runs on an orchestrator, which schedule the launch of the code in correspondence of some events. The code imports some modules, and it's basically ...
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1answer
2k views

Best way to quickly explore/grok open source C/C++ projects? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suggested workflow for quickly being able to download various c/c++ open source projects and then begin intelligently navigate sources. "Intelligently" means being able to jump ...
3
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1answer
814 views

Tips for understanding big project fast? [duplicate]

I've got a job and many new things to be learned. The first thing is to understand big project, writtened mostly in C++, using Visual Studio. So, I see a statement, and I want to find its definition. ...

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