Help! I just Inherited Code...
You just inherited someone else’s code and you feel like the task is going to be impossible. You are overwhelmed by the lack of documentation, you also find out that there are no tests in place and you wonder how on earth you will make the requested changes without breaking things. Yes you are scared!
I’ll try to help you with these 4 guidelines:
You will come out stronger from this experience.
As humans, we find ourselves in this never-ending learning journey… take a moment for yourself, calm down and be sure that you’ll get something in return after you conquer the inherited code or application.
Perhaps, you don’t know anything about the business the application is intended for. Grasp anything you can and expand your knowledge base. You never know when those key things you learnt will come up handy in another situation, project or even landing your dream job. [...]
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