A library is a collection of resources providing data and/or services for developing independent software.

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Are there concrete reasons not to use libraries and code snippets heavily?

Overall I'm in programming for about 8 years now and it seems to me that I'm relying more and more on open source libraries and snippets (damn you GitHub!) to "get the job done". I know that in time I ...
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Fastest C++ XML parsing library

I have thousands of .xml files from size 1MB-45MB (no DTDs). I need to parse and further manipulate these XML files before generating separate .xml files with the results of my regex. What the ...
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Did C++11 address concerns passing std lib objects between dynamic/shared library boundaries? (ie dlls and so)?

One of my major complaints about C++ is how hard in practice it is to pass std library objects outside of dynamic library (ie dll/so) boundaries. The std library is often header-only. Which is great ...
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How do you structure your shared code so that it is “re-findable” for new developers? [duplicate]

I started working at my current job about 8 months ago, and its been one of the best experiences I've had as a young programmer. It's a small company, and both my co-developers are brilliant guys. ...
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Advice for Evaluating Web Frameworks (or software libraries in general)

At my workplace we are currently looking to redesign our application stack on the web. We are satisfied and accepted that our server will be Node.js but we are finding it very difficult to find a ...
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Why aren't more desktop apps written with Qt? [closed]

As far as I know and have understood in my experience with Qt, it's a very good and easy to learn library. It has a very well designed API and is cross-platform, and these are just two of the many ...
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Do you have your own 'misc utils' library? What part are you most proud of? [closed]

I know that many of us maintain our own little personal library with tools and utilities that we use often. I've had mine since I was 16 years old so it has grown to quite a considerable size. Some ...
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What benefits are there to native JavaScript development? [closed]

Given how much simpler jQuery development is, when compared to native JavaScript, what makes people forgo libraries like jQuery altogether? Is this because jQuery has limitations or it is slow? I ...
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Is there any Boost equivalent library for C? [closed]

Is there any Boost equivalent library for C?
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When is a 'core' library a bad idea?

When developing software, I often have a centralised 'core' library containing handy code that can be shared and referenced by different projects. Examples: a set of functions to manipulate strings ...
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Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?

I've been working on various projects at home and at work, and over the years I've developed two main APIs that I use in almost all AJAX based websites. I've compiled both of these into DLLs and ...
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Language-agnostic libs every programmer should consider learning? [closed]

Assuming the language provides it, what are some things to do or libs to use that every programmer should know? My list would be Regular Expressions Named Pipes standard IO (std in/out/error) ...
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What counts as reinventing the wheel?

Do the following scenarios count as "reinventing the wheel" in your book? A solution exists, but not in the language you want to use, and existing solutions can't be interfaced with the language you ...
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When to Use Shared Libraries

Note: I'm not sure if this question is more suitable for Stack Overflow or Programmers. The thought process behind putting it here was that it doesn't actually relate to coding itself. I noticed a ...
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How do I get people to contribute ideas for my .NET library?

I maintain a LGPL library for rapid development of large scale .NET applications, It's a general purpose class library containing functionalities that are used at the DAL and BLL level. So, in ...
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Big project with many external libraries - source code organisation

I was wondering what is the best way to organize my source code. I was researching on SO and found http://stackoverflow.com/a/1398594/137261 but this source code layout is library specific and doesn't ...
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Describing the Difference Between Web Library and Web Framework

I talked myself into a hole at work, and I need some good ideas to help me better describe why we should include both Dojo and Knockout in our new web project. A little background: I do mostly ...
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Is there a standard for machine-readable descriptions of RESTful services?

I've interacted with a few RESTful APIs that provided excellent documentation for humans and descriptive URIs, but none of them seem to return machine-readable descriptions of themselves. It's not ...
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When would you choose *not* to update a third-party library to a newer version?

Using third party libraries for productivity gains in software development is common. Unfortunately, along with the library's functionality we also import its bugs. Some of them get fixed in ...
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In C, how are functions accessible if they're not inline or called by #include? [closed]

I'm looking at code that somehow calls a library but I don't see it calling any of the library's headers at any point. I've done searches within the code and I don't see anywhere the functions, ...
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Using GPL library in our software [duplicate]

Currently we're starting to work on a project for which we're going to need image processing libraries. The problem is some of the libraries are GPL licensed. I'm reading through GPL licence and ...