One poster I can recall was looking to simulate a multi-thread management routine but was totally out of his/her league. Since we did not offer any code, this poster went out and got some *somewhere* and asked for help fitting it to their assignment. All in all I would call this cheating...
My questions are:
Is this common thinking for the pool of tomorrows developers?
Is this standard in the job market? (I know one major news organization whose IT department worked this way)
If we preach "don't reinvent the wheel" over and over to our aspiring developers are we perpetuating this thinking?
At my university there was a problem with the CS department's students getting a little too heavy handed with the cut and paste when writing research papers. It seems that this idea that all we have to do is find a working example and tweak it a little to fit the current model seems to be spilling over into research papers as well.
This post has been edited by NickDMax: 07 June 2008 - 12:19 AM