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As a Software Engineer I Want to Use the No Free Lunch Principle So That I Can Save Myself Some Pain

Published by Matt Stine

In 2008, I believed the only way to save a critical software system was to rewrite it from scratch. I had just been promoted to engineering manager of my team, and that system was our biggest project. And it was in trouble. I knew we had made a lot of mistakes along the way. Now that I was “in charge,” I was going to fix everything. That rewrite almost failed, and I nearly got myself fired.