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Old 06 June 2017   #1
Code of Honour

Is there one in the tool developers community?
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Old 06 June 2017   #2
Pertaining to what?

How to conduct oneself at work? - Most of the presentations I've seen about tool development usually talk at length about how to gain and not loose the trust of your users; most of it involves thorough testing before release and being fast to react to bugs.

Is it about being part of an internet community? - Haven't seen one formalized beyond the usual mix of local forum/chat/group/community rules and general "don't be lazy and don't be an asshole" advice.

With recent trend of flashy buzzwords like "Coding Ninja" and "Rockstar Developer", I sure hope "MAXScript Samurai" isn't next...
 
Old 06 June 2017   #3
Quote: Is it about being part of an internet community? - Haven't seen one formalized beyond the usual mix of local forum/chat/group/community rules and general "don't be lazy and don't be an asshole" advice.

What does everyone think about people copying tools?
 
Old 06 June 2017   #4
That kinda falls under the "don't be an asshole" common sense. Most people aren't, but there will always be opportunists in any community.

My personal opinion is the following:
In the simple case of copy-pasting someone else's code in their tool: if it's not under a permissive license, it's kinda wrong... also illegal. When the original author is fine with re-use, it's still good courtesy to at least add a comment of where from and who's the code is.

Implementing an idea someone has seen elsewhere (siggraph papers?, gdc talks?, someone's blogpost?), but doing so on their own: I can see how that could be a source of friction if both tools or one of them are commercial, targeting the same niche of the market and both offering very similar features. But I'm having a hard time coming up with more situations where it would be a "dick move". To put it in extreme: imagine what the field of rigging would look like if riggers didn't copy clever solutions from one another...
 
Old 06 June 2017   #5
Originally Posted by DaveWortley: What does everyone think about people copying tools?

You would just be coping an idea not the code. *Here is a good example of..

3dsmax Scatter -> Vray Scatter -> Multiscatter -> Forest Pack

All do the same thing but have their own code. **

With this thought possess, why would anyone make a 3d application after the first one was out. *We would all be using TrueSpace and there would be no evolution of programs or plugins. *

Last edited by AngryBear : 06 June 2017 at 08:57 AM.
 
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