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Developer.com: All Source Code Should Be Open: Follow Up

Dec 03, 2002, 01:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Connell)

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"One of my favorite things about being a writer is hearing comments from readers about my work. I have even learned to have a thick skin when readers tell me I am an idiot. My last article on Developer.com was no exception. In that piece, I presented the idea that all commercial source code should be open. In other words, part of the delivery package for any software purchase should be a copy of the source files. I argued for source code transparency with the goal of improving quality. If everyone could see a software vendor's design and coding, the vendors might stop shipping us such lousy programs. The article generated a fair amount of controversy on this Web site and others that linked to it. Some readers agreed with me, and many did not. Several repeated the observation about my general lack of intelligence.

"Included in the printable mail were critiques that raised valid points, which I want to respond to. I still hold to the basic premise of my article, but have come to believe it needs to be adjusted in its details..."

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