SearchDataCenter: Mainframe Programming and Open Source--Where's the Beef?
Sep 14, 2006, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wayne Kernochan)
"It is now 22 years since a fast-food concern showed a crusty
old lady peering between a burger's buns and asking 'where's the
beef?' And as new approaches such as open source continue to
arrive, we continue to ask, where's the real-world value?
"Open-source advocates often cite lower software prices, 'power
to the masses,' or avoidance of vendor lock-in. However, a key
value of open source is the ability of IT shops to tap into open
source development and its methodologies to enhance applications.
Open source and collaborative programming not only leverage
programming power outside the enterprise or overseas, but also
improve the quality of in-house proprietary programming, making not
only business-critical applications but entire platforms much more