> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 23:39, Joshua Kehn <josh.k...@gmail.com> wrote:
>    The use of existing packages is so increasingly prevalent that I
> have the unfortunate displeasure of knowing many "developers" who do
> nothing but this, yet who can't even answer simple questions about
> general coding, and who cry and complain that a "previous developer"
> must have borked something.  I think Donovan is right on track here
> --- he's just getting started, and challenging himself to learn the
> language at a deeper level.  That will make him a developer, not just
> a copy-and-paster.
>    I do see from where it is you're coming, though, Josh --- once
> you've gotten the fundamentals, a lot of times it's easier - sometimes
> even a better idea - to use an existing, mature solution.  What helps
> you to determine its value from a code standpoint?  Your existing
> experience.
> -- 
> </Daniel P. Brown>
> Network Infrastructure Manager
> Documentation, Webmaster Teams
> http://www.php.net/

You are correct, and it is a shame to see many developers fall into the copy / 
paste realm, especially with a language like PHP where such snippets are often 
found easily but of dubious quality. Rolling your own is a great way to 
understand how things work (or should work) internally, as well as giving you 
valuable practice. I don't mean to discredit is. As I mentioned, more often 
then not I'm a fan of it. 


Joshua Kehn | josh.k...@gmail.com

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