It comes in light from the many years that PHP development companies or we can say software companies do not have a code of ethics to follow. But this is not the case seems to be as in the first look. After we get into detailed analysis then an understanding builds up towards the software and development ethics. Morality is related to both software and information.
Today questions arise that does the software companies ever think how these software development is affecting society whether it is affecting in a positive way or the other way round ? And what impact our actions made on the world around us.
Morality never relies on the laws it completely on individual morals. There is “World Intellectual Property Organization” that keeps an eye on every ethical and non-ethical movement by PHP development company.
There are a few assumptions in the software industry about ethics;
- A framework is required for ethics in PHP development.
- The information is not a physical object and rules are different as in the case of physical objects.
- Software is a form of expression that will include entertainment and commentary effect on society and politics of a different nation.
For your understanding I would like to share my experience that happened recently, A client required a similar application that is already in the app store but don’t want direct copying from existing application because it will be not ethical to do so and also against the copying law in the software industry. Somewhere it is up to you in which direction you want to go. Rules must be followed at work this will guide us in the right path.
Morality and belief affect three important fields of software industry i.e. information, expression and copying. The first step for refining the process starts from copyright law. Our present copyright law doesn’t create to protect original developer they are bent into protection for promoting the scientific progress and useful art.
There are much of ethics of other industry like engineering and medical are based on assigning blame when things get changed in wrong manner. But in case of software development it is not the case, it became more challenging because significant technical challenges for blaming others. If an error in made by the applicant then it is to become more different in the absence of source code to identify whether the error was really from application, operating system or database in use by the application. Because of this there are most lenient laws applied in this industry.
Let’s take an example of the car manufacturer, car owner drive the car and is responsible for whatever is happening on the road because he/she is the sole decision maker and car don’t have any decision making power. So after delivering cars from car manufacturer they do not come under law for these kinds of miss happenings but here scenario is changed in PHP companies’ programmers did not come under these guideline not because they are not liable for their products but also they can bluntly lie about the liability. These practices are being followed frequently by companies.
Now let’s talk about talk about the underlined points of law that decides what is right and wrong as per law. A good program makes the users responsible for the mistake, by allowing the customer about what he/she is putting the program to do. On the other hand if the customer ignored the notification and did something program not cable of then blame comes after the user not the developer.
Certain instructions and rules must need to follow on both end programmer and user as well; some rules are explained in the line below for your reference.
For programmers: Program must be written as per client need only focus should be only on the requirements nothing else. Never try to fool users by applying any trick on that because many of them are honest people. Those who are dishonest will automatically track down your trick in the program. If you are using other developers work then you must credit them for their work. If possible then let them access to your source code and are open to your program stability. It will reflect the quality of work to other people as well.
For Users: Reject/deny using those applications that didn’t perform the function you request for. Before applying your instruction to the program must read the documentation of it that will let you know what it want to say and what it really meant. Request for the source code of your application and get it checked that any misguidance is not going on to mislead you. Beware if your program is not providing the source code that means they are hiding something from you.
From this article you will get an idea about the ethics being used in this sector for betterment of users or clients. Also points to consider while making decisions for selections of programmers.
The Author is a well known writer of PHP Application Development, for OTS Solutions – Software Development Company.