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Is "open-book" wide open?

 
Todd Sant
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Hey All, I'm clearly a newbie. I received my exam assignment last week and was wondering about the following:
In my normal development process, I do a lot of research while developing (looking at publicly available code snippets, reading about design patterns, scouring the net for data to help me make design decisions). For the Dev. certification, are there any limitations in the development research process short of stealing code I did not write? (provided I understand everything I submit and can explain my implementation in the essay exam)

thanks...
 
Daniel Simpson
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Originally posted by loopy zort:
Hey All, I'm clearly a newbie. I received my exam assignment last week and was wondering about the following:
In my normal development process, I do a lot of research while developing (looking at publicly available code snippets, reading about design patterns, scouring the net for data to help me make design decisions). For the Dev. certification, are there any limitations in the development research process short of stealing code I did not write? (provided I understand everything I submit and can explain my implementation in the essay exam)

thanks...

The doc explicitly has a must that says you must not submit any code that isn't yours.
 
Todd Sant
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Thanks for the reply Daniel. As I said, I understand your not allowed to submit code that you didn't write. I'm asking if there any limitations to the amount of research you can ethically perform? i.e., can I examine publicly available file locking implementations to get ideas about implementing my own? Can I read publicly available java flat-file database schema architectures to get ideas about implementing my own? of course all of my code would be hand-written and unique to me, but can I implement patterns derived from external reference materials?
 
Daniel Simpson
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I don't see why you couldn't
 
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