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How do you code without offending?

What I mean by that is, how do you go about developing on a code base you share with developers who have been working on it for years and are very familiar with it?

I don't want to step on anyones toes, but I get not so subtle complaints about the way I do things, whether it be how I whitespace my code, or how frequently I checkin to SVN. So while I can change those things easily -- I want to be a better team developer in general.

I'm not sure what to do, other than ask, but maybe you guys have some thoughts I could put to practice.


There isnt any style guide to speak of -- its just people who arent used to sharing the codebase. Everyone has their own little siloed code-world.

This is a perl shop, but I'm sure these apply to any language