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Informal Survey: Do Rewrites Really Fail?

Aug 20, 2007, 09:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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"In a now famous article by Joel Spolsky, he argues that you should never rewrite projects from scratch. To be fair, I've done this, but generally on open-source projects where I'm donating my time. I'm less worried about financial constraints or competitive advantage.

"Aside from that edge case, I generally agree with Joel Spolsky. If something is a tiny project, refactoring is often trivial and if you want to do a rewrite, so be it. However, large projects are often dangerous to rewrite. But how did they become large projects...?"

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