On opening black boxes and software reuse

But this emphasis on reuse and black boxes can go too far. We can be intimidated by these black boxes and afraid to open them. We can come to believe the black boxes were created by superior beings. We can spend more time inferring the behavior of the black boxes than it would take to open them up or rewrite them. Then we pile leaky abstraction on top of leaky abstraction when we treat our own code as black boxes.[ARTICLE]

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