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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, embarrassing 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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jesarg7-Jun-13 6:14
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The make-it-from-scratch vs. use-third-party-solution debate will never end.

Each choice has different, uncomparable costs and benefits, so it's fundamentally an apples vs. oranges debate. It's perfectly normal for the final decision to be made due to irrational or irrelevant reasons.

Most people err too much on the side of make-it-from-scratch, though, as they don't want to go through the effort of figuring out what third party components exists and are good enough for the task. However, I've seen people who dislike coding (but have to do it as part of their job) err on the side of trying to get third party stuff do everything for them.

Anyway, the main reasons to not go for a third party solution are:
1. It costs too much / license is not flexible enough.
2. The problem it solves is too simple; making your own solution takes less effort than figuring out theirs.
3. Whether or not it will be maintained in the future is questionable; maybe you'll have to write your own solution, anyway.
4. It's too buggy or poorly implemented.
5. Your problems are slightly different from the problems it solves.

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