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Joel on Software

2001/11/30

by Joel Spolsky
Friday, November 30, 2001

"Programmers should only use lower level tools for those parts of the product where they are adding the most value. For example, if you're writing a game where the 3D effects are your major selling point, you can't use an off the shelf 3D engine, you have to roll your own. But if the major selling point of your game is the story, don't waste time getting great 3D graphics -- just use a library."

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