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I am wondering if it is ok to ask which 3rd party plugin does the job best with IDE XYZ?

Currently, I am not in need of such a question (or an answer thereof) but it arose because I "inherited" a delphi application that uses quite a few 3rd party plugins (such as to zip a file, to send it via ftp and the like). Now, if I had been to develop this application from zero, I ask myself, if I could have asked for the best zip library for delphi on stackoverflow.

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Personally I would prefer it if you worded it as

Which 3rd party plugin does ABC with IDE XYZ?

Or even

Which 3rd party plugin does ABC well with IDE XYZ?

The best will be the highest voted.

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I agree; I don't think who answers is going to suggest the worst plug-in. –  kiamlaluno Oct 26 '11 at 11:57

The phrase "does the job best with xyz" is fairly subjective because the best way for you might be bad way for me.

A better way to frame would be mention what plugin you're using & what is expected from that plugin.

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I understand the subjective implications using the best, but that's only part of why I asked. I was wondering if questions that specifically ask for naming a vendor are welcomed. –  René Nyffenegger Oct 26 '11 at 7:48
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They should be fine, I'd drop a note mentioning why you require from a specific vendor so that people understand. –  Sathya Oct 26 '11 at 7:56

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