When To Develop Infrastructure Software In-House
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- For some parts of the infrastructure, we did not manage to find
satisfactory 3rd-party libraries.
- For example, there was no process-manager software that had the
capabilities I deemed important - so it was decided to develop it
- Configuration libraries were plenty - but all had some annoying
problems - they relied on too much extra libraries, they supported read
but not write, some were too simplistic (treated everything as strings,
did not support hierarchical data).
- Eventually, it was decided to go with XML (not my choice, but I did
not strongly object), and go with a standard XML library (xerces).
On Microsoft windows we went with Microsoft's library, since using
xerces there proved to be a pain.