Sending a source code to a new developer – with or without commenting

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I have had an app developed and after paying in full, wanted to change developers. The original developer sent the source code to the new developer without any commenting. Is this usual, acceptable or ethical?


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  • Subhendu Sen
    That depends on the situation. If the developer provided this code intentionally or with full consent, then it is acceptable and usual. But if you took it by any illegal means, it is not acceptable. However, always be grateful to that person.
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  • TheRealRaven
    I have had an app developed...

    What does that mean? We'd probably need to know the content of your contract in order to say much for certain.

    ...and after paying in full,...

    That should happen upon confirmation of complete fulfillment of contract provisions. It's likely that "full payment" implies that all provisions are satisfied, including the condition of the source code. That is, you approved it by paying for it.

    But, no, it should not usually be considered to be ethical or acceptable, unless the app is very well written. When objects, entities, tables, attributes, functions, procedures, etc., are well named, "documentation" might be practically non-existent. Everything is mostly self-documenting if truly done right.
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