The Truth About Java Libraries

In one the speeches of Mike Cannon Brooks, he tried to summarize his experience with:

  • it is not a problem if you use a lot of libraries; it is a problem if you don’t manage your dependencies
  • don’t use libraries superficially, but study them in deep and explore all their functionalities
  • find and take advantage of their extension point
  • perfer lightweight libraries
  • don’t write too much code; most times it is enough to glue existing libraries
  • extend your libraries; if it is not enough, be brave and change them

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