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I Make Tools and I Share

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Sharing code with the community is a habit that every developer should have.  Yes, it does take work to put it up on GitHub, and yes it does mean that you'll have to write documentation and probably deal with bug reports.  But James Turnbull, the VP of Tech Operations at Puppet Labs, says that someone may need those tools that you just made.  James is a sysadmin, and he remembers the times when community tools saved him from a lot of work:

The way I solved a lot of those problems, automated a lot of those tasks or just generally made things better was by steali^H^H using other people’s code and tools. If others hadn’t made their cool solutions and tools available then my life as a sysadmin would have sucked a whole lot more. The fact that others went to the trouble of making things that made my life easier matters to me. So in turn helping solve other people’s problems or making their lives easier matters to me too. And that’s why I make tools.  -- James Turnbull

Of course, James knows all about helping out sysadmins in need.  The open source tool, Puppet, which he helped create is a godsend to many development and operations folk.



Amara Amjad replied on Sun, 2012/03/25 - 2:32am

Stealing is such an anachronism in this context.

I believe the term is 'leverage existing knowledge'.

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