How to Save Time & Money By Sharing Your Source Code With Devs
by analyst Maria & developer Nikita
When you approach us with not just a project idea, but an existing code, we’ll ask you to share it with us. Don’t worry, it will help you save lots of time and maybe improve a product. Read to find out how!
Many customers come to us with a project already at some stage of readiness. It may be a draft version, which needs the hands of professionals before the official release; or the already established product, which we’re glad to improve.
Anyway, we ask clients to share the source code of an existing project. As a rule of thumb, this doesn’t cause any difficulties. The opposite happens as well: our customers wonder why we need existing code as we will create our own, and what are the risks? Should you share your source code with a new developer / between development teams or not?
Let us explain it all to you.
How can we improve the application using your code?
- Test the whole platform, not just our part
Even if the task is a standalone module that adds new features to an existing project, there’s only 1 criterion for readiness: a well-functioning system.
To confirm that the new module is well integrated into the existing system, we need to accurately recreate the real environment (a test environment) and test it comprehensively. What if a new feature — such as the ability to translate speech on the fly — interferes with existing functionality?
- By ensuring full compatibility
It happens that the existing code was written quite a long time ago and uses previous versions of various tools. In this case, the only way to be sure that the new module will work well in a live infrastructure is to test them together and resolve possible contradictions.
- By ensuring quick support for the new functionality
Integration of several systems (e.g. an existing project and a new module) always requires coordinated efforts of the teams: the one which supports the live product and the one which created the new functionality. In order for the integration to go quickly and for the teams to interact effectively, it is necessary for both parties to navigate both parts of the project. Then your team can clarify requirements at any time, and our team can implement them.
- (Maybe) we’ll improve what’s already working
We have 17 years of experience in developing online multimedia platforms for various purposes. It often happens that we have effective ways to solve important problems — from scaling to saving traffic — that will make the already implemented functionality more reliable and less demanding.
In other words, being able to open the existing source code is the main guarantee that developing add-ons to the live platform will go as fast as possible and save you money and time before release.
Why you don’t have to worry about your code
You don’t send your child to an unknown kindergarten without being sure that nothing bad will happen to him. Your code is your baby, and we guarantee that, should you share the code with us, we won’t do things such as:
- We won’t re-use it
Our clients’ intellectual property is protected by both the law and our reputation.
The contract we conclude with our clients includes a clause about non-disclosure of the data constituting the intellectual property (NDA). This means that all the code that we receive from a client is used to perform his and only his tasks.
- We won’t edit it without the client’s knowledge
In all projects, we adhere to strict rules for updating code in the client repository. Any new code is uploaded to a separate branch, and it is up to the customer to decide whether or not to make these changes to the main branches of the project. This means one thing: whether it’s just our team working on the platform, or several independent teams of specialists, the client always has the final say.
But I really can’t share the source code! What to do then?
Of course, there are situations where access to the source code is really impossible. Or it simply doesn’t exist, because we are talking about a hardware platform that requires software.
If access to the source code is impossible because it belongs to a third party.
For example, you are developing a system for a large corporate contractor, and you’ve decided to turn to a video communications specialist.
Our analysts and developers will help you formulate a detailed requirements specification: how, where, in what format and what data should the component created by us transmit? Together we will draw up documentation on which we can work.
If your project uses proprietary solutions, as a rule, they are documented in detail. In this case, access to documentation is an important factor for fast development and easy integration.
If there is no access to the sources, because the previous developers have handed over the finished product, and it is impossible to contact them
If you have hardware, but no software for it yet.
The main thing we need is a sample and as detailed specifications as possible: how do your devices work, what OS do they use, what is their processing power? This data will help us to create software to perform the required tasks on the existing devices.
We hope our explanation was convincing enough for you not to hesitate to share the code. If you have any questions left, please don’t hesitate to drop us a message via the contact form, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.