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Re: YA Report on Open Source

by cjf (Parson)
on Jul 11, 2002 at 04:57 UTC ( #180943=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to A Published Special Report on Open Source and Perl Justifications for enterprises

Where's Perl mentioned in all of this? All I could find were quotes that sounded like they won the "In 500 words or more, say absolutely nothing" contest. Seriously though, I start to wonder when I read something like the following:

Open-source software quietly moved into the enterprise, embraced by data center managers who were able to grasp the value of cheap, malleable software for running discrete servers.

Anyone else feel like their brain cell count has just dropped dramatically? Why can't they just say this is what open source software is, this is how it can help your business. Instead they have paragraphs like the above, and then proceed to mindlessly drop the names of open source projects left and right. Short of creating buzzwords, this doesn't accomplish anything.

Update: Found the bit about Perl, under Web Development:

On the Web development side, there is a similar amount of options and a similar success story, in this case Larry Wall's Perl. Perl actually predates the Web and was built to be a highly portable language ideal for many simple tasks. Developers found it handy for scripting pages and handling tasks such as database access. Despite many challengers, Perl is still heavily used on the Web today.

Other than perpetuating myths about Perl's uses, that doesn't say much either.

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Re: Re: YA Report on Open Source
by tjh (Curate) on Jul 11, 2002 at 18:21 UTC
    Agreed. There's a certain patina of content-free writing in it. However, I've been around that style of writing so long that I view it to be the 'language' of the types of readers eWeek is interested in. Poised in that style it's likely to be more believable to those readers.

    Plus, the Perl coverage was so scant I hesitated in bringing it to PM, yet it was there, even though it ignored Perl's history as one of the oldest and most used Open Source tools ever. Shortsighted on their part, but still useful for us nonetheless IMHO.

    The mention of Perl only with web development tools still makes me shudder.

    Ultimately, it was good to see so much page space devoted to the Open Source category and helping to better legitimize it, even though much of it was from 50,000 feet.

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