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    Technical Director John's Avatar
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    Put most simply, a library needs to make my life easier, not harder.

    Is it fully documented?
    Is there a community of people already using it, with whom I can interact?
    Does it scale up or does it fall over when stressed?
    Is it cross-platform?
    Is it easy to setup and get running?

    If any of these questions have a negative answer, then that is a pretty major red flag. External libraries are only useful to the extent that they save you time and effort.


    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Laughter View Post
    Out of interest how did you choose your libraries? As an informatics researcher I'm curious how the real world makes decisions like this.
    Last edited by John; 05-16-2012 at 11:23 PM.

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