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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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When you are developing a long lasting product, using third party components has several risks:

- you can face a bug all of a sudden and get in deep trouble - usually at the worst moment - because there is no maintainer available (the company went out of business, the freeware project died or you can't afford the cost);

- trying to fix a bug yourself from open sources can be a nightmarish endeavour; libraries can be huge and written by gurus in the least readable way; architecture documents are often unavailable; all you can do looks like quick and dirty hacks;

- adding a feature of your own when required is an assault course as well;

- packages are often overfeatured for your needs; you'll have to carry a monster (redistribute it and complexify your installers) for the rest of your life;

- big packages are sometimes so complex that the effort it takes to master the API and comply with it may not be worth;

- last but not least, portability is the main thing; my code needs to be compatible with all MS compilers from VC6 to VC2012, as well as gcc, and future compilers; if a third party library fails to support one of these - which is quite likely to arise -, I can get in big trouble; and this is unpredictable and out of my control.

When dealing with your core business, integrating black boxes is not so reasonable. In the long run, you need full mastership of your source code.
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