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IT-Director: When ASP meets Open Source

Dec 03, 1999, 17:27 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While Linux, Apache and Perl are now widely accepted as viable technology for enterprise systems, the Open Source movement has, in the main, been restricted to infrastructure technology. The reason for this is straightforward - there is much more commonality of functional requirement at the infrastructure level than there is at the application level. With the exception of certain standalone freeware it is simply not possible to bring together a critical mass of developers to jointly produce business application components. Until now."

"There are a number of building blocks that need to be in place in order to make open source development of application components viable. Some, such as version control, change management, source repositories and build/test facilities have been available for some time. Others, such as the ASP infrastructure with Web access, have only recently matured. Now OpenAvenue has brought all the pieces together to provide a hosting environment for collaborative development of open source application components."

"OpenAvenue is an ASP. It provides Web access to a hosted environment consisting of an infrastructure and management framework plus hosted content from private individuals and corporate entities. The content is licensed under open source, community or private license arrangement to its members...."

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