"In challenging economic times, how do internal application development teams continue to deliver higher quality software and Web applications with fewer resources? Unlike in past economic downturns, development teams today have a resource they can turn to in order to lower the costs of development, maintain high-quality, and decrease cost of ownership for the long run: open source software."They then list open source projects in several categories:
- Development tools
- Database and mapping tools
- Core utility classes
- Reporting and charts
- Web 2.0
One of the most intriguing aspects of Palamida's list can be found in the last column: The estimated cost to develop in-house. For example, according to that list, if you were to develop the Valgrind debugging and profiling utility yourself, it is claimed that this would cost you 60 person years, or around $3 million to develop. Ok, that's a bit simplistic since the existing development effort also contained some experimentation and work on prior versions, which could be skipped when developing from scratch and to the exitsing specs. Nevertheless, even if you halve those estimates they are still quite impressive.
I've always held that over your life time as developer you will always consume much more software than you would ever be able to produce yourself. Consequently, it makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the many free and excellent resources that open source software can provide for you.
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