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A guide to open source technology in application development


Few, if any, would doubt that open source technology has made an impact in many areas of the software world, particularly when it comes to application development and management. As the number of applications and services created and employed by organizations continues to proliferate exponentially, open source has stepped up to provide developers and application managers an innovative and community-driven approach to rapidly deploying applications and keeping those apps running smoothly.

The content included in this essential guide takes a look at how open source technology has evolved to meet the application development and deployment needs of organizations of all sizes. It also looks at some of the top open source tools available to help with the management of APIs and application containers -- another critical part of keeping applications and services up and running.

Dive into this essential guide and broaden your understanding of how open source technology has affected the world of application development and management. You'll also discover more about the top open source tools that may improve life for your DevOps teams.

1How open source is evolving-

A look at changes in open source technology and strategies

Open source technology has come a long way across many industries, and now it has become a fixture in the business world. While it has certainly opened up many doors for application developers and managers, its impact is reaching across agriculture and hardware production industries. In this section of the essential guide, we take a look at some of the latest developments within the open source community and explore how organizational attitudes around the use of open source are evolving. Read on to learn more about the state of open source today.


Going beyond open source software

According to advocates, open source software is just the first step in a larger movement -- one that aims to make open source an integral part of our daily lives. Continue Reading


Customers come first with digital transformation

Many organizations attempting to formulate their digital transformation strategy are focused on the technology, but it also involves thinking about customers and opening up APIs. Continue Reading


Users rule modern app dev with open source

Open source development brings speed and creativity, but it can also fundamentally change how users employ tech. MIT's Open Agriculture Initiative illustrates this point. Continue Reading


Talking with Red Hat about open source strategies

In this Q&A, Red Hat's Craig Muzilla explains the ideas behind the company's open source strategy, the value of the approach and what happened to virtual machines. Continue Reading

2The world of open source tools-

Exploring tools and platforms available through open source

There isn't an application developer or manager out there who shouldn't at least consider the benefits of using open source tooling within their organization. Open source communities have honed in on the management of evolving trends like Docker containers and holistic API management, and even large vendors like IBM are pushing the use of open source platforms. In this section, we take a look at some of the top tools available for application developers and managers via the open source technology community. Read on to discover how open source is affecting the application world and where you may stand to benefit.


Istio open source microservices platforms are taking over

IBM, Google and Lyft joined forces on Istio, an open source microservices platform that connects and manages networks of microservices, regardless of their source or vendor. Continue Reading


The top open source Docker management tools

Open source options are making it easier containerize your applications. Learn about the top four approaches to Docker management. Continue Reading


What are the best options for open source API tools?

While organizations have plenty of proprietary API management tools to choose from, there are plenty of open source options as well. Here are some of the top open source tools. Continue Reading


Use open source tools for containerized applications

An expert looks at the top three open source tools -- Kubernetes, Elasticsearch and Prometheus -- that enable running containerized applications at scale. Continue Reading

3Speaking open source language-

A look at terms related to open source technology

While some may be well-versed in the world of open source and its related technologies, many of us still need to brush up on our terminologies. This section lists some key terms related to open source technology and the areas it is affecting.

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