Most of our SaaS application is open source. We believe that the benefits of contributing to the open-source community far outweighs the risks. Being open-source first not only forwards human knowledge, but it’s also savvy business. The demand for great technical talent has never been higher, and operating in the open enables us to make the walls of our organization more permeable, and build genuine relationships with great folks. We’re authors of the popular Meatier web development stack along with many other smaller, useful projects, and make contributions to other projects as well.
All of our own open-source projects can be found on GitHub. In the past, we have contributed to PhpUnit, Phing, and Composer. Two important projects are Disco (a Dependency Injection Container for PHP, mostly driven forward by Stephan Hochdörfer) and Force Login (a module for Magento, developed by Florian Horn and Philipp Sander). Since we heavily rely on open-source components for our work, this is our way of giving back to the community. We enjoy sharing our new ideas and believe that our contributions will help grow the community as a whole.
TThe mission of Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation is to enable an open, decentralized internet which will benefit all internet users by allowing the users to own their data. Two of our repositories on Github have over 1k stars. Everyone on the team is active in the open source community by either contributing code or engaging in discussion with the larger community on our Slack and Forum.
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Ted Young, Austin Parker, and Isobel (mentioned above!) make up our dedicated open source team. In addition to day-to-day software engineering work, they regularly speak at conferences, engage the community, and host a (free) podcast called On-Call Me Maybe.
The support for open source started long ago with our CEO, Ben Sigelman, who co-founded the OpenTracing project (recently merged with OpenCensus into the OpenTelemetry project). OpenTracing is a vendor-neutral standard used by LightStep, but also by internal tools at Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Elastic, and Couchbase, to name a few. The idea here is that tracing shouldn’t be some big secret held from the world. We believe progress in observability is progress for the industry overall, which is why we’re transparent about how our tech works.
As this article describes, we believe encouraging open source is key to our lives as developers but that tying it directly to a business’s profitability can backfire.
The best reward is people using and benefiting from our work. If it helps us be more efficient, we are thrilled to hear it’s helping others be the same. When it comes to open source, the proof is in the pudding. Check out our open source project for Sidekiq Throttled (which is concurrency and threshold throttling for Sidekiq) or our daterangepicker (gif below).
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