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This is the second of two From the Experts articles examining issues related to computer source code discovery. Read part one here.

The costs associated with computer source code discovery can mount quickly. Experts and code reviewers may be needed to examine and sift through large quantities of code to find the relevant information. Multiple versions of the source code may be at issue. Additionally, if multiple products are involved, the review of multiple source code versions becomes even more complicated. Further, many companies consider source code to be their “crown jewels” and may resist an uncontrolled production of the code. Thus, source code production and review can quickly compound the expense of discovery.

In our previous article we discussed several techniques useful for streamlining source code discovery and containing costs. These techniques ranged from using targeted interrogatories about source code operation to narrowing source code production requests with feature descriptions. Still, even after employing these techniques, efficient investigation may be impeded by misconceptions about the source code and related documents.

This article considers several of these misconceptions and suggests practices to avoid dead ends and unnecessary cost overruns.

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