Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?

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Re: Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?

Posted 14 November 2013 - 08:40 AM

I agree but want your take on a situation 2?

I have a friend who has has been programming 35 years. He was contracted because of his knowledge in Cobol. However he has not used it in decades. He grabbed books to refresh however. Would it be wrong to look through those when looking at code? He does/ did know it but it is for the most part past his recollection. But many whom did know Cobol no longer use it everyday at this point.
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:04 AM

If it's just refresher/reference I don't see any issue with it at all. I'm constantly triple checking my functions to make sure I'm using them in the right language.
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 10:18 AM

I would agree. I need to print and laminate some cheat sheet's myself. I find the more languages I learn the more I start coding in one and finish in another , but it translates to foreign languages as well. I knew of a person that was fluent in 7 languages and would start a presentation in Japanese and run off into Russian.
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