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Re: Re: Re: Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?

by mcogan1966 (Monk)
on Nov 02, 2003 at 19:11 UTC ( #303941=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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But there is sometimes and issue between that and terms of a contract. Espeically when working for $gov_agency. They tend to get a little peeved when code you write for them is 'copied' anywhere else. Even if it's in Java, Perl, or any other 'open source' style language. And even if it's only some core code. That has always been a bit of an issue for me. So I try to keep something aside somewhere I can reference while I'm still working. Some kind of "Book O' Coding Goodness" that I can pull off a shelf while I'm employed there.
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?
by QM (Parson) on Nov 03, 2003 at 05:30 UTC
    Yes, I agree completely that one can't always keep a copy of one's own code because of a contract.

    Some contracts allow it, some forbid it, some are ambiguous, and some don't mention it.

    I would be interested in keeping copies of 2 kinds of code: one on an operational level, such as whether split, m//, or substr is better given a certain context; and one on a conceptual level, such as how to send high bandwidth data over balanced multiple connections without drawing attention.

    For the former, writing notes to yourself, about something you could easily duplicate given the time and inclination, having almost no relevance to the task you were hired for, seems reasonable on the face of it (though it may or may not pass muster legally). For the latter, you can bet that someone will be curious about your solution, especially if they've paid for a competitive advantage that no longer is.

    But if you can't keep copies of your work to prove what you did (or didn't) do, then it's your word against theirs, and the outcome may depend on who has deeper pockets. Though if your copies "escape", you can end up liable for that.

    In the end it may be better to have a sharp memory and a sharp mind. Anything you've created once, should be easier the second time, right? [This is where certain people would bring up "Eve after Adam" :]

    -QM
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    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

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