hookway1 — 2010-02-24T20:06:11-05:00 — #1
Hi All, I've had an application written for me, its going to have to be finished by a different group of programmers. I contracted to get the source code. How do I get it and what form does it take? If the new programmers have the server access details can they get it themselves? Is it printout? Is there an access code to the application in order to get to the source code? Thanks for any help in understanding this issue
dan_grossman — 2010-02-24T21:51:58-05:00 — #2
We don't know.
Is it a desktop application or some website code?
If it's website code (PHP / perl / ASP / Ruby / python / ??) then it's probably sitting on your server. The programmer might've obfuscated the code so you can't read it, though... but if you paid for source code they probably didn't do that.
hookway1 — 2010-02-24T22:29:31-05:00 — #3
Hi, Thanks for the info. Its a php customisation to a forum. How do access the code on the server, do I need specialised information to do this (I know next to nothing about servers and how applications reside on them)?
dan_grossman — 2010-02-25T05:49:33-05:00 — #4
A server is just a computer like the one you're typing on. Websites are just collections of files sitting on the hard drive of that computer. Generally people get files to and from their server using FTP, which is just a type of program that lets you copy a file from one computer to another over the internet. There's no specialized knowledge needed to understand that much of it. Apologies if I'm saying something you already know.
Give your new programmers the FTP login for your web hosting and they'll probably be able to find the right file.