First days humble us all.
Having begun a new job myself, I shared Ed’s sentiment. Last weekend, while at the Madison PHP Conference, we were discussing what developers can do during the interview process to get an idea of the kind of codebase a company has. After all, the developer is interviewing potential employers just as much as they are being interviewed as a potential employee. It would suck to be hired only to find the code is in shambles. Short of signing an NDA and asking to see the their code, what can you do?
Here are a few tips I think go a long way in helping determine the state of a company’s codebase. If you have other ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments.