Posts tagged with 'library'

Free open source comes with a cost

In my blog post “ Thoughts on open source ” I ended cryptically with But be aware that just because they’re “free” doesn’t mean that the cost to use them is zero. Let me expand a little on this with especial regard to JavaScript libraries. What exactly is a cost associated with an open source library? When is it not free? I’ll compare this with buying a library from a component vendor, such as DevExpress , the company I work for. For a kick-off, an open source library certainly...


Thoughts on open source

Waaaay back when (yes, it was eight years ago, an eternity in software development), I wrote a post on my old blog about using “ Code from the Internet ”. In those days, for me and my readers that meant finding some C# code from some blog post somewhere out there written by some Joe Blow and using it in your own app. These days however, if you’re doing any kind of web development, you’re going to be pretty well using a whole bunch of code from the internet, and in general from that internet outpost...


JavaScript for C# developers: writing a library (part 1)

From comments I received when I wrote my recent article over on my DevExpress ctodx blog, it seems there’s a need for people to understand how to write reusable code in the form of a library in JavaScript, and not fall into those nicely shaped C# potholes along the way. So I thought, let’s have a go. ( Update : I’ve made a couple of corrections to point out the files this code appears in.) Some ground rules first. The first is that I’m going to use jQuery . Although jQuery...