Don't Build It If You Can Buy It. Don't Buy It If You Can Steal It.

I had the opportunity to speak with a CTO of a medium sized company this week as part of the interview process. The exact nature of his company isn't important. What is important was something he mentioned in passing describing their current situation.

He talked about working hard to convince the rest of upper management that they didn't have to build every single solution they would ever need. It doesn't make sense to build a calendar app from scratch when there's dozens of available solutions. It reminded me of an old adage I learned early on in my development career:

Don't build it if you can buy it. Don't buy it if you can steal it.Read more