Open source as a service

I think I am all set to opensource the code I have been writing for 2 year now.  But I have discovered a snag, two major ones, the code base including supporting api libraries takes over 4 hours to ftp upload and the second is the time it takes to prepare is just about a full time job, or was becoming so.  Plus I listened to Stephen Wolfram talk about his open sourcing experiences, the time and complexity required and his shocking conclusion, in the end just about no one looked at the code.  Why?  It was simply too complex.  I feel I am heading in that direction.  Time for a rethink?

Not on open sourcing but on how to do it.  Opensource as a service is my thinking, giving access to a test site that exposes the ‘new’ code amongst the api libraries.  Opendata is the trump card and not only that but links back to the supporting ‘meaning’ behind the data, e.g. semantic lifestyle object word list, averages, statistics, language rules, lifestyle rules etc.  I don’t have this ready to open up but I now know where to direct my opensourcing efforts.  Create this opensource environment them hopefully the wider openstack developer community will start to engage with the code, and ultimately, open data flow available to all users freeing them to use their data as they choose.


open sourcing code for a beginner

I am preparing to open source the code I have been writing for mepath.com .   The hardest work has been figuring out a logic that allow a machine to ‘understand’ context of the text that has been authored.  However, preparing the code for release is proving real hard too.  Completely new, you soon pick up on words like SVN or GIT but I never read you need a local client and a hosting service.  Well, the sites do say that but say it clearly in geek speak.  I contrast that wth the current ease of ftp – ing the files up to hosting account.  OK, no version control except human and backups done well, occationally but the opportunity to share is missing.   The opportunity to share is the goal, if others do not have a chance to see and read about the goals you want to achieve, then it is highly unlikely they will get involved.  I have been pointed to this book .  I am doing my best to learn from it.  Hopefully I will write soon about where the code is hosted, that is if you are interested in the lifestyle linking vision code we are figuring out.