Chapter 1. Legacy Applications

In its simplest definition, a legacy application is any application that you, as a developer, inherit from someone else. It was written before you arrived, and you had little or no decision-making authority in how it was built.

However, there is a lot more weight to the word legacy among developers. It carries with it connotations of poorly organized, difficult to maintain and improve, hard to understand, untested or untestable, and a series of similar negatives. The application works as a product in that it provides revenue, but as a program, it is brittle and sensitive to change.

Because this is a book specifically about PHP-based legacy applications, I am going to offer some PHP-specific characteristics that I have ...

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