I'm the guy that made the statements about a developer changing code of others (all others in the department).
This guy seems to be complaining about a lot less trivial changes than tabs, spaces and the location of curly brackets.
No - quite definately this is about trivial changes, locations of spaces, tabs as well as Variable and Function names. This is nothing about cleaning code, but entirely about reformatting. And that is what has me scratching my head.
I take no offence to this - my code is being altered to the way the person wants and they are a boss. I get paid a good wage and they can litterally do with my code whatever they like (sell it, delete it, alter it, etc.) I'm not so arrogant to get offended that my code is changed, after I write it. I'm proud of the work I have accomplished but then it then belongs to the company.
I just thought it very strange that this person would spend the time to do reformatting just for the sake of reformatting. Is it putting their stamp on the code? Is it them trying to understand the code? Is it just that they find it easier to read?
The greatest impact is on code revision checking, because things that look like changes to the code are merely changes in white space or function names. But again, I don't relaly care too much about that.
But I'm just left puzzled as to why it even happens.