Venn Diagram Engineering

Open source software has been the subject of many essays, of which Eric Raymond’s insights in The Cathedral and The Bazaar still serves as a thought-provoking example. For those who haven’t read that piece, Raymond examines the conflict between what had been his experience with open source software:“I believed that the most important software… needed to be built like cathedrals, carefully crafted by individual wizards or small bands of mages working in splendid isolation, with no beta to be released before its time.”

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