by Spencer Gardner on October 14, 2012
In his article “The Bazaar and the Cathedral”, Eric Raymond champions software development patterns resembling a chaotic bazaar, which he contrasts with the traditional ‘cathedral building’ approach of managed, corporate development.
Software like iOS, Windows, and Facebook are worthy examples of corporations compiling cathedrals to fill coffers. Conversely, open source software springs from the combined efforts of individuals under a less corporately religious banner. Many of the tools used to conjure up software that has students and soccer moms talking employs code contributed to a communal coffer by mere peasants in huts.
The internet, as it empowers individuals, has eased the suppression of corporate rule. Now, the legitimacy of these kingly corporations of antiquity is being challenged and, as Raymond points out, often deposed.
Tech culture andculture culture, are merging quickly due to these developmental bazaars. The scope of this change has engulfed every country and culture, and it’s all due to a network of computer enthusiasts who enjoy their hobby. It’s a bizarre bazaar, but it’s nonetheless true.