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.
This book is a great and very interesting read.
Mr. Raymond is a very good thinker from an economic, sociologial, and anthropological level, and applies these perspectives well in the essays in this book.
Raymond covers topics ranging from the inner workings of an open source application development effort to the economics of open versus closed source software.
Clear message, easy to read and understand. I wish more books about software were like this.Published 9 days ago by Chris
I wish I had read this 20 years ago. Many puzzle pieces fell in place. Half the hyperlink s severed.Published 17 days ago by Cad-Monkey
This book is really... meh. I expected further insight into the workings and philosophy of the OSS movement, and was pretty disappointed when I discovered this book is pretty much... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amin Guzman
This is the classic text, which can explain to the unfamiliar why open source software development - appears - almost magically -- to not only work - but work well. Great read.Published 5 months ago by customer1
I liked it because the .It shows computer science book and it is linux OS.The book reached the expected level .Published 5 months ago by saikrishna
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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago by Mridul J Kurup