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Comment: Re:I'm very interested to see what ppl say!! (Score 1) 91

by SolidGround (#13421243) Attached to: License for Open-Source Software w/ Plugins?
Free source code that's available on the internet is no different than any other commodity: take it with a grain - and preferable a whole block - of salt.

There have been dozens of times where I thought "surely someone must have done this before" and then wasted quite a bit of time hunting it down. In some cases I simply couldn't find it (search engines yield irrelevant hits most of the time) and in the cases where I did I still had to spend a great deal of time looking through unfamiliar code with a fine comb to see if it wasn't leaky and bug-ridden.
In a lot of those cases I found that the code wouldn't simply work as-is and needed adjusting, in others it appeared to have been written by someone who didn't know what he or she was doing.

Reusing code is only a timesaver when you can plug it in and not have to worry about it which is why I'd personally rather write it myself than be stuck with code I don't fully trust.

Obviously this doesn't apply when you're dealing with reusable components of several thousands of lines of code.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer

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