Understanding other people's code

David M Chess chess at us.ibm.com
Tue Jul 16 20:38:14 CEST 2013


> Literally any idea will help, pen and paper, printing off all the code 
and doing some sort of highlighting session - anything! 
> I keep reading bits of code and thinking "well where the hell has that 
been defined and what does it mean" to find it was inherited from 3 
modules up the chain. 
> I really need to get a handle on how exactly all this slots together! 
Any techniques,tricks or methodologies that people find useful would be 
much appreciated.

I'd highly recommend Eclipse with PyDev, unless you have some strong 
reason not to.  That's what I use, and it saves pretty much all of those 
"what's this thing?" problems, as well as lots of others...

DC
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