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Is reinventing the wheel really all that bad?

Its common knowledge in programming that reinventing the wheel is bad or evil. But why is that? I am not suggesting that it's good. I believe it to be wrong. However, I once read an article that ...
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If a fluent coder disregards good practices, doesn't his fluency work against him?

I am working on a fairly large and buggy application - and due to the way it's written (I'll spare you details, but it violates rules in most areas you can think of), it is next to impossible ...
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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 ...