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Programmers can be like mechanics sometimes. I mean, the easiest way to give yourself an advantage off the start is to decry the ineptitude of the previous person who worked on a project. When I hear this however, what it means in my head is: “I have one way of seeing and doing things”. If you hear this from a developer, be weary. If you can ask technical follow-up question on why, then I suggest you do! I have found in a decade of debugging and adding onto other’s code is that it is useless to make such statements because I have little information about the constraints placed on the developer when the solution was built. If you are in the midst of scaling up your prototype/MVP than cat skinning discussions are awesome. In all other instances, both as a programmer and a team leader, I will appreciate your ‘Make it work!’ effort!