Legacy code

How to prevent legacy code from emerging

The case of the notorious legacy code

Every software developer has faced the situation. You have been assigned a task to add or change a feature. You know nothing about the particular feature but it does not sound too complex.

This is what you think until you look at the code. You quickly realize that the code is a mess. A monolithic monster with a lot of copy-paste code, no comments, implementation full of anti-patterns and there are no tests at all.

You look at the commit log and curse the person who wrote this big pile of mud. You feel frustrated because it is very hard to get a grasp of what is going on in the code and making changes seems impossible as you are afraid to break something.
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