“Man invented fire here”

I’ve done a bit of programming over the years, and I’m currently working with a Visual Basic 6 (VB6) code base.  I’ve found the following quotation so true:

visual basic 6 logo It is a weird thing though if you’ve noticed that for very old applications, you know, I feel like for some of them you often have multiple ways of doing things, they just end up co-existing.

It’s kind of like you look around and you can say, oh, man invented fire here, and it’s like, oh, man discovered wheel here and you’re finding the entire history of 15 years of software development stuck in one codebase…

Michael Feathers, speaking with Scott Hanselman, on Hanselminutes podcast 165.

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