Modernizing legacy code

In the past decade and a half I’ve been working with large legacy code bases started in early ’90s. Therefore, I had to deal with lots of code using old styles and conventions such raw pointers, void pointers, declaring all variables before using them, public data members accessed from everywhere, and many others. I believe in change and therefore I’m trying to make as many changes as possible. Of course, this is not always possible, or desirable (due to various constraints). Moreover, nobody will stop a large project for months or years to modernize the code. However, applying small but incremental changes is always possible, and over time, large code-bases can improve. This is a strategy I’m constantly applying to parts of code that I have to modify. In this blog post I will be listing a series of improvements you can do with old C++ code in order to modernize and improve it.