Re: XML Performance in a Transacation
Michael Kay wrote: > In my experience many of these organizations have just begun to get their > >heads around the fact that it makes sense to *use* open source software. The >notion that they can also improve their life by sponsoring the creation of >open source software is just too much of a mental leap. > Good point. Mike is right that that is the starting position of something like a competition: that some users of open source XML software are complaining that the software does not match their requirements for efficiency, but that they cannot expect an adequate response from open source developers unless there are positive incentives. Open source software is not a free lunch, it is stone soup.* >They do many other >things that create a community benefit rather than pure competitive >advantage, for example taking part in industry standards bodies, but >investing in software that's immediately available to their competitors is >something that gets a reaction of complete incredulity. There are a number >of Saxon users at present trying to persuade their bosses to invest in >enhancements that their organization needs, so I know! > > Yep, but it only takes a handful of forward thinking business, a fraction of a percent of a percent to get this going. So the idea of a competition is as a practical example that open source users should be considering how to get a hand on the rudder to help steer the open source ship. And there is a long established precedent: companies like TI, Sun and Microsoft very often provide prizes for the best engineering project at a university, or the best software engineering idea from under 25 year olds, and so on. Google's Summer of Code initiative is in a similar vein. My company Topologi has one product using WebOrganic's PageSeeder collaborative framework, which largely owes its continued existance to an "IBM Java Brainwave Award" given at WWW7. Cheers Rick * http://spanky.triumf.ca/www/fractint/stone_soup.html
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