The benefits of not rewriting software from scratch

Ok, it’s very old news as this was posted over 7 years ago because of the Netscape 6 ‘debacle’ at the time. But it’s the first time I’ve read the post. Every software developer should go read it. It’s a wonderful post by Joel Spolsky on the benefits of NOT rewriting code that happens to ‘be a mess’, but instead keeping it in place.

My thanks to Keith Casey for pointing this out to me in his similar themed blog post about the Broken Window Fallacy.


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