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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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I'm not dismissing the use of libraries, I just haven't had good experiences with them so far.

We once ran into a bug with a communications library (back in the days of dial-up) and after we identified it, we called the vendor. They said it was a known issue and would be fixed in the next release. We said, "Great, when's the next release?" They said, "In six months." We had a 6 week delivery date. So we had to trash it and write our own, which ended up being smaller and faster.

Libraries add bloat. The library does 10 things, you're only interested in 2 of them.

Management decided to get involved because they didn't like our delivery estimate and so they went out and purchased a library that they had seen a demo of and then gave it to us expecting that all we had to do was integrate it into our existing system. That's simple, right? No excuses for bugs since it was a purchased product the only cause for errors would be from our staff. As you can imagine, it didn't go well and caused much animosity with management that didn't need to be there.
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