code forking

code forking

Writing proprietary programming source code for a common program. It typically refers to open source programs, where one programmer writes some code that causes the software to splinter into disparate versions.
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These systems were too new, he advised, and the possibility of the code forking could spell disaster for our local system's sustainability.
Uncertain future; open source ILS landscape still very much the Wild West; fear of code forking and our system being a dead branch
Uncertain future; open source like the Wild West; fear of code forking and our system being a dead branch--Resolved by our partnering with Equinox, whose corporate culture seems all about sharing the load with other open source vendors, such as Brendan's company, By Water Solutions (Equinox has already passed along to Brendan some library migration work because its dance card is full at this writing; Brendan has also received Evergreen training from Equinox.