The Cathedral and the Bazaar takes its title from an essay Raymond read at the 1997 Linux Kongress. The essay documents Raymond's acquisition, re-creation, and numerous revisions of an e-mail utility known as fetchmail. Raymond engagingly narrates the fetchmail development process while elaborating on the ongoing bazaar development method he uses with the help of volunteer programmers. 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 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 will shine brightly. --Ryan Kuykendall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Everyone -- from the lowliest developer or tester, to the top CEOs of major software developers (in the cathedral), to CIOs of every firm, to even CEOs of companies that rely... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Christopher Williams
If you want to know more about the open-source movement, how open source community become the way it is today, why linux became successful and the rational reason behind it, you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TeddyKenshiro
Gave me direction when I was in a dilemma. Talks about the open source and how much it matters. To make a long review short, I am an avid user of Ubuntu and open source now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mridul J Kurup
If you are interested in the roots of open source, this is a great read. The book is a collection of essays, with The Cathedral and the Bazaar being the best essay by far. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sergey Golitsynskiy
If you're into open source or even just use linux, you should get this book. Lots of foundations that apply today.Published 3 months ago by Mj
I came to this book expecting something more eloquent or profound. Instead the book has a series of observations from ESR based on his experience managing an open source project,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. Cherryl
Linux arose in such as way as to blast the conventional model of software development out of the water, so to speak. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mattallmill
10 years ago or so, I was at a well-paid corporate job doing Microsoft development, but something... was dissatisfying. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Marreck
Ahah seriously, I enjoyed reading it. It was really nice to read about how the tech world today is like it is, and where it comes from, and read about the creation of linux, and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jonathan Pepin