Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Don't Mess With Things Outside Your Project

Simple rule: Is the code yours or from your team? Good, you can make any changes you want. Does it come from outside? DON'T. TOUCH. IT.

Sometimes people are tempted to, instead of using the proper extension tools, change external libraries/frameworks -- for example, making changes directly into WordPress or Django. Believe me, I've seen my fair share of this kind of stuff going around.

This is an easy way to make the project -- the team project, that is -- a huge security problem. As soon as a new version is released, you'll -- or, better yet, someone who was not the person who decided to mess with outside code -- have to keep up your changes in sync with the main project and, pretty soon, you'll find that the changes don't apply anymore and you'll leave the external project in an old version, full of security bugs.

Not only you'd end up with something that may very soon put at risk your whole infrastructure, you won't take any benefits from things in the new versions, 'cause hey, you're stuck in the broken version!

Sometimes doing it so is faster and cheaper, and if you would do the same thing using extensions or actually coding around the problem, even duplicating the framework functions, would probably take longer and make you write more code, but in the long run, it's worth the time.

Sometimes the change you need is impossible 'cause the framework you're using doesn't have any support for extensions. This is the time you'll need to build a new layer on top of the framework. Again, this may seem painful and changing the framework directly is a lot easier, but you'll have to keep updating your patch for newer versions, which may not be that easy. Building on top of the framework will at least give you some assurance 'cause the exposed API must be way more stable than the internal code.

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