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Decide if your priority is to code or to solve problems. If you're doing this just for fun, then it's fine. If you have a problem to solve, then consciously choose to use 3rd party code - this way you can reach the goal faster.
stop41966dIf you need good crypto: Never program something from 0
Contribs to active projects: only if you know what you make and better check 3 times than one to less(Heartbleed)
smb2613836dLook at the problem, think of the edge cases, the requirements, if it takes too long to implement, it’s so small inside the scope of the project and there are solutions that cover a big chunk of the task, probably it’s better to consider using them.
iAmNaN68636dPart of the art of coding is knowing when to reuse existing code to achieve your goals. It's one of the foundations of good development. If you are continually recreating the wheel, then your value to an employer is diminished.
Bury your face deep into the bosom of madness.
HTHazard486dDo you think that people would hire an architect that had to go chop down & process the wood first? Would you hire an artist that needs to go to the woods & mash matter for ink?
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