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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrasing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All actual programming questions will be removed.

 
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I think there's a bit of a knee-jerk reaction among most developers when facing a need like that: hell I'm a programmer, this is what I do, I'll write it myself and get exactly what I want.

But that isn't always the right way to go. I used to work at a software company where just about all of the tools were built in-house, from source control to back-end processing frameworks to load balancing. This was a fairly small shop where there weren't really enough programmers for the workload and projects were always behind. It amazed me that so much time was spent building and maintaining software that could be pulled off a shelf, when the programming that really had to get done was behind.

Worse, due to time constraints the in-house software was frighteningly buggy and unreliable, and no one wanted to fix or maintain any of it (especially the guys who wrote it). It got so bad that in one meeting the CEO blew up on the guy who was the main push for in-house solutions, pretty much saying that it had been a mistake. From his point of view, he was paying programmers to write code that was already written and didn't make money, instead of getting cracking on the code that actually did make money. When you're a software company, you don't want your programming resources tied up in creating software you can't sell.

Of course, the main argument for the in-house solutions was that the off-the-shelf solutions didn't fully meet the needs, and that was somewhat true although those things could have been worked around. I guess the moral of the story is, if you want to go the in-house route, make sure that you have the resources to do it right and maintain it. And make sure that management knows that it will require extra time and resources (a.k.a money), and that it will be hard to go back once the in-house software is entrenched.
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