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Issue 7.3



Working with Other People's Code

Issue: 7.3 (March/April 2009)
Author Bio: Bob is the founder of BKeeney Software located in Kansas City. He is also the current President of the Association of REALbasic Professionals.
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Article Length (in bytes): 4,303
Starting Page Number: 47
Article Number: 7313
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As a consultant I have a lot of projects come my way. Most projects I'll take but sometimes I'll pass a project up for one very simple and very important reason: OPC, or Other People's Code.

I supposed I should explain a bit. OPC isn't necessarily a bad thing. REALbasic makes it easy for beginners and hobbyists to create decent applications with a minimal amount of effort in a short amount of time. However, it doesn't mean that they've used good design and programming principles.

People bring their projects to me (or any other RB consultant for that matter) because they don't have the time, inclination, or ability to do it themselves. Generally this results in the client having some good ideas on how the application should work since they've done some design work. There are some clients, however, that are coming to me because they have a working application and need it to do something different, better, or it crashes too often, and they have no clue how to do it.

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