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How open will the future be?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021


If there is ever a time to be open, the time is now. Open-source tools and language are here for the future development of web application and software distribution. While they are the limitation of how a person can use an open-source, they are not much restriction and what an individual may choose to develop. Now that these tools and languages and here for the future we must analyze what is available on the market and how these tools will help a developer in the future.

Open-source tools and languages

First let me give you the definition of open-source, according to; open in refer to anything you can customize and redistribute because the design is accessible to the public. They are numerous open-source tools, and languages available for download and many organizations used these for normal business operation, these tools more than meet the need for small development and early startup (DOWLING & MCGRATH, 2015). The future of open source will help with innovation in the Internet technology. Open source will lead to gross improvement in an area such as e-Commerce, automation of data processing, and cloud services, one thing for sure is that this will help collaborative development within the open source community of developers (Shuo, 2016). The advantage to open-source is that some will be offer as packages such as Apache Jakarta or OpenSymphony while a few are independent such as JUnit & Mock Object, Hibernate, WebWork, SiteMesh, OSCache, XDoclet, Jakarta Lucene and Jakarta Commons (Walnes, 2004). Open source tools are freely available for software development, “don’t reinvent the wheel,” this means, utilized the available standard library functions, and libraries which use standardized interface in a development environment (Koranne, 2011).

Limitation in open-source tools

Licenses of software and how codes distributed will determine the future of many software developments. They have coded distribution under non-restrictive licenses that are legal to incorporate with other code without affecting the product, the GPL (General Public License) is a restrictive license while the LGPL (Less General Public License) is a non restrictive license that allows for free usage (Shuo, 2016 ). With all open-source, they are an essential characteristic that helps to differentiate how these licenses used regarding modification and distribution. Some open sources are often placed in three categories that are base on their restriction such as copyleft (most-restrictive), weak-copyleft (moderate-restrictive) and non-copyleft (least-restrictive) (Sen, Subramaniam & Nelson, 2011). Other licenses that should be considered when looking at the limitation placed on open sources are Apache license, BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), CPAL (Common Public Attribution License) and Mozilla Public License.