I am filling out a programmer job application form online, and one of the questions is: "Is your code available on request?" What does this mean exactly?

  • Is that a job application for a programmer job? Code like in source code?
    – nvoigt
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:42
  • Yes, I forgot to mention that Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 8:52

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It means exactly what it says: is your code available to them, should they request it?

For example, I would have to say "No" because all the code I wrote in the last years is the property of the company I wrote it for and they won't give it to somebody else.

If your former company is fine with giving out the code, or it's open or shared source or it belongs to you personally and you are fine with giving it out, check "Yes".

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    Its extremely prudent for developers these days to maintain an active Github account with public repositories - not of your employers code, but of your personal projects, forks of open source applications you contribute to etc etc. Put that on your CV and you won't have issues with these sorts of questions.
    – user34687
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 11:05
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    Married software developers have better things to do in their spare time than to run personal projects or contributing to open source applications. Same for software developers with boyfriends or girlfriends, or single parent software developers. Do you know any plumber who does plumbing at home, or manager who manages things in his spare time, and so on?
    – gnasher729
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 16:14
  • To follow up @gnasher729 in many country's your employer may well own code that you write outside of work unless its "unrelated" to your day job.
    – Pepone
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 18:55
  • Hear about github all the time on here, don't even really know what it is... will Google it one day.
    – Kilisi
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 1:46
  • @gnasher729 Then those software developers will have a hard time getting hired. A worker who doesn't have a passion for doing what he does (and how could you not with all the cool things you can do with code?) isn't one many people jump to hire. And seeing how many devs DO regularly do personal projects, you're not just not standing out from the crowd, the crowd is standing out from you. Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 0:20

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