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Give Them Enough Rope, They Will Hang Themselves ...

Lawrence D'Oliveiro
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For example, I remember working with a company that had problems with a
certain open source application server, due to a contractor taking it
upon himself to extend the code in order to add a few custom
enhancements. You can imagine the wasted effort that went into
retrofitting the ‘enhancements’ into subsequent releases, particularly
once he no longer worked for the organisation.

Just because you can modify the source, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
And even when you do, you need to be disciplined about it. Like learning to
use the merge feature of your VCS.

I mean, you ARE using a VCS, aren’t you?
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