Coding Style and Digital Creativity

I saw some raised eyebrows last week when I said that I could tell, in the Google v Oracle case, that two different programmers had touched the nine lines of code in question (one had written most, and another had come in to fix a minor bug), despite this never being (as far as I can tell) a public admission.

Here is an interesting article on just how “fingerprint-y” a programmer’s coding style is, and what might lead to a constraint on creativity if your style “fingerprint” is used against you.


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