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Spaghetti code

Once upon a time, many years ago, a colleague came to me and asked me what I knew about a code-base I had never heard of. "Nothing", I replied. He told me it was urgent to get the code up and running again as it had broken down in February or March. It was July, I think.

I called upon another colleague who didn't work at the department anymore and he told me that the code was stored at an old desktop PC which had a post-it note attached: "Do not delete". He also told me that the programmers, who had left the company already, were incredible professionals and that he was impressed by the job they had done.

Long story short, we recovered the code from the PC and stored it in the cloud.

Then, I had the "privilege" to look at the code. It was not pretty.

If you know anything about Model-View-Controller, you know that it is a three tier philosophy meant to simplify code development. All security work is done by the Controller, all business logic is perform…