Labs Tip: Dont Reinvent the Wheel
I think the tendency to pass over the provided samples comes from the same impulse that usually leads to responses of "RTFM"--basically, the desire to get down to work as quickly as possible. But if you arent at least looking at sample code, you are probably unnecessarily reinventing the wheel. In almost all cases, these samples are derived from implementations that were done at real companies.
Now, I dont think its a good idea to lift a sample application as a whole for your business. This could lead to po-tential security problems down the road, as everyone else also has access to this code. But samples provide good tips and ideas for building your implementation. And when building a complex applica-tion or service, any light is better then stumbling around in the dark.