Chapter TwoThe Benefits of Modular Programming

2.1. Distributed Development

Nobody writes software entirely in-house anymore. Outside the world of embedded systems, almost everyone relies upon libraries and frameworks written by someone else. By using them, it is possible to concentrate on the actual logic of the application while reusing the infrastructure, frameworks, and libraries written and provided by others. Doing so shortens the time needed to develop software.

The rise of open source software over the past decade makes library reuse doubly compelling. For many kinds of programs there are existing solutions for various problems, and those solutions are available at zero monetary cost. The set of open source offerings starts with UNIX ...

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