Open source has long been a go-to when coders needed a quick fix, however now there are a few detours along the way. TechCrunch's article “Open Source Fear Mongering Is Ridiculous with the Advent of Open APIs” talks about how the beacon of open source has faded and consumers are taking a shine to open API’s.
Despite the lack of barriers in open source, API’s limited accessibility has surpassed it in popularity. However, open source and API’s actually correlate and combining the two can increase the chance of success:
The advent of loosely coupled applications for exchanging data is giving proprietary software providers the opportunity to maintain that open APIs have more importance than open source. It’s not a black and white issue. Open APIs do provide a way for companies with proprietary platforms to open up its technologies to a legion of third party partners and developers. But open source remains critical as the foundation for development with companies that build open platforms, proprietary technologies or a mixture of both.
Open source will continue to provide a stable foundation but API limitations may lesson in the near future as their popularity increases. Businesses that use an agile infrastructure solution that can adapt to a variety of applications while preserving a simple, coherent architecture will discover the most benefit in either situation. Open search or API, the goal is to put information intelligence to work in order to increase efficiency and ROI in the future.
Jennifer Shockley, October 12, 2012