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Smart Partner: It's Tool Time - Add open-source methodologies to your tool set, and empower your development teams

Mar 08, 2001, 22:26 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Whether you're part of the opensource movement or not, you'd be wise to check out some of its development methods. Simply put, the open-source movement has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can develop great software with dozens of developers using collaborative work techniques. From the world-beating by programs like Apache, Linux and Perl to less well-known, but still important software like OpenSSH (Secure Shell for rlogin, telnet and ftp connections) and Bugzilla (bug tracking), open source is driving much of tomorrow's software."

"Not a Miracle Worker Certainly, much of open source's success lies in its underlying philosophy. For more on that, we point you to the online seminal works of Eric S. Raymond (www. tuxedo. org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar). For those who prefer print, check out The Cathedral & the Bazaar; Brian Behlendorf's Open Source as a Business Strategy (www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/brian.html); and O'Reilly & Associate's compilation of open-source documents, Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution."

"The mechanics behind open source can be useful, even if you'd rather die than publish software under the Free Software Foundation's GNU Public License. Traditionally, writing software usually involved a few programmer geniuses or massive teams driven by unforgiving deadlines-which involved writing x number of lines of code per day."

"Open source's methodology pointed out a different way...."

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