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Tinkerer, problem solver, artist, photographer and professional code monkey. Full time software engineer, husband, father and student desperately seeking more hours in the day so I can keep up with life.

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comment Do most programmers copy and paste code?
@Anna Lear To be honest, unless a library is reasonably widely known and has established a reputation, I tend not to use it at all. I will attempt to find other people using it and get their input on its performance. If I can't find anyone, I write something myself. There are many good libraries that I have used in the past though, Telerik for one. I trust them because they have a reputation, so I'm happy to use their libraries and defer to their expertise.
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comment Do most programmers copy and paste code?
@Anna Lear I don't think that a library or API (think jQuery etc) would be considered copy/paste - it's a library with a known reputation and has been designed for purpose.
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comment Do most programmers copy and paste code?
@John MacIntyre/@Anna Lear/@Pemdas Of course, when I'm writing in a blog post I try and make every so generic that it could never be copied verbatim. Anyone copying code from my blog should be prepared to put in the leg work to understand the code because there's little chance of it being usable posted format.
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comment Do most programmers copy and paste code?
@John MacIntyre well let's analyse that for a second, it takes me 3 seconds to copy from one window, find the target window and paste it... it takes me considerably longer than 3 seconds to write it myself. Of course, I know that's not really what you're asking. If you understand what you're copying, then writing it yourself is proof of understanding and also compounds your ability to remember it for a later date - like exercises at the end of a chapter for practice. If you don't practice, you'll never remember it later.
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comment Do most programmers copy and paste code?
@Anna Lear If the problem solves the exact problem you're having and it's in a blog post, I suppose technically it is fair game. I have mixed feelings about it - if it's to be used in your own codebase it should be modified to match the coding standards of the project you're pasting it into. In the most ideal world you should work to understand the code - in some extreme circumstances that may be beyond your abilities, but I'd say that you should always strive to understand it.
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