Not Invented Here
I hate reinventing the wheel. The most common wheels
I reinvent are utility type functions, such as trimming
whitespace from strings and directory manipulation functions.
Using open-source libraries is one way to not reinvent
the wheel. But many open source libraries are created
with little or no regard to C++ Builder compatibility.
When I try a new open-source library, I often find that
there is "some assembly required" in picking
through the make files, the documentation and even the
source code to create a Borland library project file.
"Not Invented Here" is a column I write in
Builder Developer's Journal. Periodically, the column
will review an open-source library. Installation instructions
and changes the user needs to make to the library's
distribution to accommodate Borland C++ Builder are
Open-Source C++ Reviews at The
STLplus is an eclectic collection of STL C++ components.
The areas covered in STLplus range from the mundane
(trimming strings) to advanced (directed graphs, hash
tables and file management).
is a command line parsing library for C++ and C programs.
It provides an automatically generated user interface,
an automatically generated help screen and it can read
parameters from files and environment variables and
create files using the current set of parameters.
JavaLib is a small library of Java-like classes written
in C++. The size of the library promotes portability
and maintainability by end-users. For the right project,
JavaLib can be quite helpful in providing containers
that are much simpler to use than the STL but provide
all of the power of template programming.
The original STLplus 2.5 library has been updated by
Andy Rushton, the creator and maintainer of the STLplus
library. The new library is reviewed and some updates
are provided for the user.