Hey guys. I’d like to start a discussion of sorts (or at least ask your guys’ advice on the subject).
What do you think is the best way to understand the ins and outs of a program that you didn’t write? Especially if the code is long and convoluted and the variable names make absolutely no sense…
I take notes on what I find and why I thought it was significant, but as the notes get larger and I discover new information about the things I already wrote about, I find it more and more difficult to keep everything organized.
Perhaps it doesn’t help that I have numerous sets of notes for different parts of the program. This is because the file I’m analyzing is hundreds of thousands of lines of code and there are a few interesting keywords I found very far apart from eachother, so I was analyzing each of them and the code surrounding them separately.
How would (or do) you, reader, go about solving this problem? Are there any useful tools that could make this process easier?