For most of us, the reality is our new employer is at his wit’s end because the former developer left without notice and no one has a clue where to pick up where she left off. A deadline is looming and it’s your job to adopt this abandoned code and get it to cooperate – and in a timely manner. The former developer? Nowhere to be found, or, if you track her down, wants nothing to do with the project. Documentation was an afterthought and never got done. The code is riddled with question marks and indelicate expressions of displeasure with the code, the boss, or life in general. Although you might be inclined to drink yourself silly when you open up that code base, here are a few ways to salvage your own sanity.