Using code found on StackOverflow: yay or nay?

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Eurostaff, a recruitment specialist, recently conducted an interview with iText founder and CSO Bruno Lowagie. In it, Bruno explains the best practices for developers who pull code snippets from StackOverflow to use in their own projects. What are the legal ramifications? How do you best attribute your source? From the interview: "The Stack Exchange Network interprets ‘attribution’ in a fantastically complicated way, written in legalese that even educated people have trouble parsing, let alone fully understanding. The Share Alike part isn’t trivial either. While the CC-BY-SA works well for some communities on Stack Exchange – for instance, it works well if you want to share a recipe for Eggs Benedict found on cooking.stackexchange.com – it doesn’t work well for Stack Overflow because source code is involved." Read the full article here