It means unstructured and difficult-to-maintain source code. In other words, it’s a mess.
It looks like a bowl of spaghetti instead of the beauty that code can (and should) be. The term originated in the 1970s and appeared in a 1988 white paper called “A Spiral Model of Software Development and Enhancement,” which ended up leading to the waterfall method of development and project management. (Waterfall then got replaced by more agile approaches.)
There are lots of potential reasons. Some of the major ones include:
Those are just some of the reasons.
In short: bad communication between developers, lack of expertise, and lack of style rules.
Because your code is messy, it’s hard to work on, and your applications may not run properly for the end-user. You are costing yourself money. Maintenance is expensive. Bugs occur more often. Every upgrade, deployment, and connection with a third-party app becomes more complicated and more expensive. Downtime is longer, user experience is bad, and in general spaghetti code is one of the bigger problems your dev team can be facing.
We have talked a bit before about moving from legacy applications to more modern, cost-efficient applications. That is part of solving spaghetti code.
Heck, think about how you can eat spaghetti. If you twirl it on the fork, you need to (a) know how to do that and (b) be patient, as well as have the right tools (the fork, in that case). It’s the same with software development. You need knowledge (devs), you need to be patient, and you need tools (programs).
You could also cut the spaghetti into smaller pieces. That’s similar to a shift to microservices implementation.
We come in as an extension of your overall team and take audit of where everything stands with projects and your coding. If we need to work with the internal team to fix the spaghetti code, we will; it is one of the first things we will do. Bad architecture and code framework can doom the rest of a project down the line, so we will fix this for you if it’s a current problem. Our developers are some of the best in the world at this.
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