"Her message-in-depth was too much of a tangent for the core
part of my article, but it touched on two issues that were relevant
to the essential "Why don't developers use these tools?" question I
was burning to answer. (It says something about me that I really do
get worked up about questions like this. I'm not sure if it's a
good thing.) First is the underlying assumption by the open source
community that FOSS code is inherently better because so many
people have looked at it; I'm not going to address that here.
"The second intersection with "I use open source development
tools" is with developers' oft-stated reason not to use the QA
tools because the software is so expensive. If open source has
changed so much about the way programmers (and users!) work, from
replacing Visual Studio with Eclipse to creating whole new
application frameworks and content management system... shouldn't
the answer to "I don't use these apps because they're so expensive"
be, "So how 'bout an open source tool instead?"?
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