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As a resourceful developer, you're not writing code from scratch anymore. You probably have access to a vast amount of code you wrote at previous jobs, and a lot of your development probably relies at least in some part around third party or open source software. Every savvy developer knows their way around Sourceforge, Codeplex, or GitHub, and with access to readily available code that frees you up to tackle real challenges, there really is no downside to open source code. Sure, you're probably aware that many open source projects have license obligations tied to them. And licenses are not generally written for developer consumption, so you may be part of a growing contingent of developers that doesn't care about them, but it's likely that your manager cares. With the increasing complexity of software, organizations are more cognizant than ever about the potenti... (more)

Hortonworks President: Open Source Is the ‘Single Fastest Way To Innovate’

These days, computing processing power has advanced to the point where we can collect a previously unimaginable wealth of information relating to virtually everything. And it can be reasonably concluded that such processing power will increase substantially in the years to come, just as it has in years past. As we enter the age of big data, it’s more important than ever that companies have the ability to process those vast amounts of data, analyzing it in such a way to derive actionable information that can be leveraged to improve business processes and better serve customers. ... (more)

Open Source & the Internet of Things: A Growing Companionship | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Open Source and the Internet of Things: A Growing Companionship It was recently revealed that Linux-powered drones were released that has unveiled a new frontier for open source software. Drone control, once limited to proprietary software, has now entered the open source realm. This opens up new possibilities of more flexible platforms for many Internet-connected objects as well as sparking conversation among the open source community about its potential relationship with the Internet of Things (IoT). Open source software has allowed drone builders and programmers to create a pl... (more)

Open Source Software License Obligations in Cloud Applications

The latest technology buzz, after the Internet, telecom, and mobile, is cloud computing. Hype or not, in various names and forms, cloud computing providers - platforms and applications alike - are counting on more than $40 billion in revenue in 2011 alone, growing to more than $241 billion in 2020, according to a recent report on "Sizing the Cloud" by Forrester Research. Open Source Software in the Clouds Most software applications today incorporate some open source software directly or indirectly (dynamically linked). Developer's resourcefulness, code reuse, and efficiencies of d... (more)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above combination of software. There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open source software, with the greatest being its abili... (more)