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The Cathedral and the Bazaar takes its title from an essay of the same name which Raymond read at the 1997 Linux Congress and that was previously available only online. The essay documents Raymond's acquisition, re-creation and numerous revisions of an email utility known as fetchmail. Raymond engagingly narrates the fetchmail development process while at the same time elaborating upon the on- going bazaar development method he employs with the assistance of numerous volunteer programmers who participate in the writing and debugging of the code. The essay smartly spares the reader from the technical morass that could easily detract from the text's goal of demonstrating the efficacy of the Open Source, or bazaar, method in creating robust, usable software.
Once Raymond has established the components and players necessary for an optimally running Open Source model, he sets out to counter the conventional wisdom of private, closed source software development. Like superbly written code, the author's arguments systematically anticipate their rebuttals. For those programmers who "worry that the transition to open source will abolish or devalue their jobs", Raymond adeptly and factually counters that "most developer's salaries don't depend on software sale value." Raymond's uncanny ability to convince is as unrestrained as his capacity for extrapolating upon the promise of Open Source development.
In addition to outlining the Open Source methodology and its benefits, Raymond also sets out to salvage the hacker moniker from the nefarious connotations typically associated with it in his essay "A Brief History of Hackerdom" (not surprisingly he is also the compiler of The New Hacker's Dictionary). Recasting "hackerdom" in a more positive light may be a heroic undertaking in itself, but considering the Herculean efforts and perfectionist motivations of Raymond and his fellow Open Source developers, that light is going to shine bright. - -Ryan Kuykendall, amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
would-be hackers aren't - until they've read this book :-)Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
first and only book i've read from start to finish in my life. loved it.Published 8 months ago by -paul-
A really interesting read which taught me a lot of things about the software world.
I recommend it to all software enthusiasts.
I would say that this book is a must for everyone who is, or want to be, into the opensource software world. Most relevants issues are explained in a very understandable language.Published on 10 Sept. 2009 by Ignasi Vila Tudela
This is the definitive guide to Open Source. Intelligently written, it explains the economics and the psychology of this social and business phenomenon.
I won't go into the details of content but this book excellently explains dynamics of writing programs and how this will evolve. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2001 by T.A.Joosten
This book is an interesting set of essays on the Open Source movement. Well worth a read for those starting out down the open source path. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2001 by email@example.com
When I was interrogating a friend about the open source community and why on earth people would contribute - for free - he recommended me The Cathedral and The Bazaar. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2000