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Re: fix or rewrite?

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  • Urberg, John
    A worse problem than the programmer adding stuff is when the users find out that you are rewriting the system and start inundating you with changes!
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2000
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      A worse problem than the programmer adding stuff is when the users find out
      that you are rewriting the system and start inundating you with changes!

      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Andy Glew" <glew@...>
      > To: <extremeprogramming@egroups.com>
      > Sent: Monday, April 03, 2000 10:13 AM
      > Subject: Re: [XP] Re: fix or rewrite?
      >
      >
      > > > Not an XP answer, but one from my personal history: Everything I ever
      > wrote
      > > > twice came out near perfect the second time. Rewriting is a serious
      > luxury,
      > > > and can't be afforded all the time, but when it can it tends to
      > produce
      > high
      > > > quality code. If you can get the original authors to rewrite it from
      > the
      > > > ground up, they have the concepts clear in their minds and they
      > usually
      > > > stick them together in a much simpler way than they did the first
      > time.
      >
      >
      > Beware of "Second System Syndrome".
      >
      > In the rewrite, the programmer is tempted to do things
      > the "right" way, add features, create extensibility, etc.
      > It is reported that "second systems" often fail
      > due to bloat.
      >
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