Do you know the best criteria for evaluating 3rd party software?

Last updated by GerardBeckerleg over 10 years ago.See history

At SSW we evaluate and use a lot of 3rd party libraries. Before considering a library for further evaluation we ask the following questions:

  • Is it open source?
  • Is the licence LGPL, Apache, or MIT? Comparison of¬†licences
  • Is there a quick start guide?
  • Is there a FAQ?
  • Is there an API guide?
  • Is it easy to install? Is there a NuGet package?
  • Is there an active user community?

If the answer is yes to all of these questions then the library is definitely worth further evaluation.

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