Hello, I have been learning game development and programming in C++ with OpenGL for about a year and a half, and one of the things i've always worried about is whether or not I might end up "plagiarising" while programming. Sure, I haven't released anything yet, and probably won't for YEARS, but i've always been worried about whether or not I could end up "accidentally" plagiarising.
I mean I'm, let me put it this way. My conscience, is pretty much existent, to put it plainley, and I most Certainley do NOT want to create my ultimate "Dream Game", and live my life as a fraud telling everyone that I programmed the game all by myself, even if I plagearized without even knowing it.
like for example, I've decided to VOW to NEVER, EVER, Copy and Paste code. I never do it, unless it is my own, and in my own words. However, could it still be plagiarism regardless?
Like, lets give a silly example:
Lets say i'm using a Graphics API, and I forgot the name of the initialization function, and whether or not it is camel case or not.
I look up on the internet (Stack Overflow), and someone shows in an example that it is:
GEngine * gEngine = new GEngine(); EngineDesc engineDesc = new EngineDesc((*void)0, false, true, true, NULL);
What i will generally do is type the code out into my engine, and change the name to my own, as well as look at the function to see what it does exactly, but is this enough? I know it sounds like a silly question, I mean I might know what the first Line of code means, but what about the second one? I might not even know what the parameters are for, but i'll use the function anyways, and it will make the Graphics Engine work regardless. If I type it in and I don't know what it does (E.G. Don't research the whole function), would that count as plagiarism?
I know it sounds like i'm being REALLY overreactive about this, but I feel like this is really is a pressing issue for many programmers who may also struggle with this (irrational?)fear , and I don't want to fall into the trap of being the "programmer who says he made his own game engine, when he really just plagiarized many other peoples original code".
Edited by Solid_Spy, 23 February 2014 - 02:48 PM.