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Developer vs programmer terminology

Shashi Sadasivan
1,435 Expert 1GB
Hi All,
Very recently I saw this issue arising.
Im working at my clients site and they would own the code and all copyright issues..bla bla bla

So in the About dialog which I created, I took the liberty to filling the developers box with my name and my companies name (I am the only person working on the project)

I have a client personnel who assists me in getting the requirements and all that stuff.

So the objection -> the clients say that the software is their development, and im a mere programmer (sucks to be called this when i am half way through).
So should I stand my ground, or keep the clients happy?

Thank you
Sep 27 '07 #1
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pbmods
5,821 Expert 4TB
Heya, Shashi.

Whoever's paying for it owns it.

That's just the way it works. If you want to include your company's information in the About box, then either the client has to be willing to grant you that favor, or else it should have been part of the contract.

I can understand if the client wants his name to come first, but most people are pretty reasonable about giving credit where it is due.

If the client is dead-set on taking credit for your work, then you're in an interesting position because you're no longer motivated to do a good job (because you'll probably never want to work for this client ever again, and hopefully you have your existing reputation to back you up should he decide to start pointing at you if the app ever stops working...).

My recommendation would be to finish the program and let your experiences with this client help you decide whether to take any future jobs from him.

Check out this article.
Sep 28 '07 #2
Shashi Sadasivan
1,435 Expert 1GB
Hi,
Thanks for that.....I am going to get cheeky now.

Anyways....my work here is to convert their existing system which is probably 12 years old, keeps getting updated 2-3 times a week, and obviously with no backups or versioning.

I am apparantly managed by the very same person who does the above.
I come up with all sorts of ways and methods of creating the application,
I was also told by the same person that we both should be able to edit the code, and this is coming from someone who has only heard abt OOP's. And keeps double clicking buttons on the forms, creates all sorts of empty event handlers and starts to change data with no clue at all.
I stood my ground on being the sole person to edit code (which i won) but then if i want to be called a programmer im going to do a 9 - 5 job, and let my boss handle the client if they have objections!

how does that sound ?
Guess i'll keep my creativity to myself!

thanks
-- Shashi
Sep 28 '07 #3
pbmods
5,821 Expert 4TB
Heya, Shashi.

We've got a client kind of like that right now. He fancies himself a programmer.

Needless to say, we get a lot of 'bug reports' about stuff that we locked down weeks ago that is 'mysteriously' breaking, even though 'nobody touched it'.
Sep 28 '07 #4
Shashi Sadasivan
1,435 Expert 1GB
Heya, Shashi.

We've got a client kind of like that right now. He fancies himself a programmer.

Needless to say, we get a lot of 'bug reports' about stuff that we locked down weeks ago that is 'mysteriously' breaking, even though 'nobody touched it'.
Ha ha,,.,,
thanks for that.
"mysteriously" ... i like that.
You made my day.

Will behave in a way they want they shud get now!

cheers :) (yay....my personal projects just got more impotance)
Sep 28 '07 #5

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