Picking a Coding Service by Open Source Innovation Edge

The competitive landscape of the online world works on precise rules of survival. The search engine metric is tough! Only the best of the best get their ranks on the first page. Competitors keep vying for that coveted rank. The bottom line is, your site got to deliver. The web page should be perfect in raising user interest and retaining it. There is no place for glitches. Effectively, the bottom-line includes that you must opt for a competent web development service.

So, there you are! Instead of getting all mixed up, tackle your challenges step-by-step. Picking a coding service is apparently easy, given the hundreds of options that spring up within seconds of running your query. Do you know what you are looking for from a web service? Are you sure that you are investing well? Does your plan have sufficient long-term viability? Will it spin well, growing your customer cycle regularly?

Focus on making an informed choice. Affirm that you are steady on a sound knowledge base, updated to the need of the hour. Selecting a suitable open-source coding provider has to be the latest, to say the least.

The open-source collaboration

This is one of the most dynamic digital fields globally. People get together on platforms such as GitHub and numerous other niche workrooms all over the net. As it is, even the smallest detail must pass by the approval of a super-perfectionist community. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is globally understood as the standard licensing body. It’s a typical misconception that open programming is not eligible for licensing. Actually, you do not have to pay for the license. Besides, as a contributor, you are free to use the existing coding as you need as per your project requirements.

It’s good (and open-minded) to note that open source is not merely another coding experience. It developed from the collaborative effort of path-breaking programmers striving together to deliver a free-feeling coding experience. It has been in response to proprietary commercial vendors, and against the imposition of set standards on programming creativity. It’s like the UMM (Underground Music Movement) of the programming world (Hopefully, not getting out of context)! These days, even the biggest conglomerates such as Google take an active interest in open source. 

Photo by Valentyn Mytchyk on Unsplash

Some of the most successful web programs in this category include Mozilla Firefox and VLC media player. The developer community is highly active in providing and improving on these alternatives to commercial software products. Heck, they even have Blender, which is the open source alternative to high profile 3D modeling software such as Maya! GIMP is well-known already as to suffice for Photoshop.

You get the idea! There are no limits to what you can positively expect, and you got to make the best of it.  There would be options, given the significant repository of coding languages.

Choose well

Again, focus on making an informed decision. For instance, do you need a static site generator for your brand new website? What’s best? Is it Hugo or Jekyll? Look up crucial aspects such as theme management, extensibility, and workflow. Chat up in forums and look up blogs so that you have the necessary knowledge update talking with your preferred service provider.   

The most highly held open source system definitely has to the Linux. Hailed as the most fool-proof coding system, Linux is almost omnipresent all over the internet. The Linux kernel, together with the tools and the programs deliver whatever is necessary for a full-fledged OS to work. Its high compatibility is a major reason why you should inquire whether your service provider has sufficient experience in Linux. The community is quite diverse as well, so seek to be precise in your inquiry. Check out whether the professionals you hire are developers, testers, designers, or packagers making sure that the various parts of a program coordinate together. As a coding enthusiast, you can learn to code on this by using literally hundreds of resources on this.

Photo by CoWomen on Unsplash

For making a good choice, you need to compare and decide. PYTHON, RUBY, and PHP are among the top web developer languages in open source. PHP seems to be almost universally popular because of its many advantages. These include its allowance of predefined variables (supper-globals), provision of cross-platform compatibility, and its ability generating dynamic page content. However, some point out its lack of named parameters and less modular nature as problem areas. RUBY is a more or less elite system offering easy meta-programming. Nevertheless, being elite typically keeps it limited to a dedicated community exclusively. PYTHON is widely considered as a neat option. It offers provisions for both procedure-oriented and object-oriented programming. You can embed PYTHON in both C + + and C. However, it is objected as not the best option for memory intensive tasks. Discuss well with your vendor.

On a conclusive note, open source is about coding creativity. Make sure that the developer approaches the task with an open- minded flair for fresh innovations.

Best of luck!

The Right Open Source Code for your Next Web Project

Anyone venturing on the internet for business would definitely need a web presence. You find several categories of service packages on offer. Typically, such packages are made up of vital parameters. These include the time of delivery, inclusive features, how many pages, mobile compatibility, SEO enabling, and design customization among other things.

Potential site owners often inquire about the best programming language. The matter is to choose one as per unique project specifications. You must strive to make this crucial decision as much knowledge -oriented as possible. You got to know the pros and cons trying to opt for a suitable open source web design service.

Open knowledge

Apart from the obvious aspect of the budget, one ought to pay attention to features, and overall online compatibility. Webmasters must also find out about the long term viability about using a particular coding system. Before you discuss all these with your potential web developer, you must have a fair knowledge about how it all works. Only then it actually becomes easier setting the right budget bar, making sure that you receive at par with what you are paying.  

Do you know that all three major web languages PYTHON, PHP, and RUBY are open source? A devoted community of top developers worldwide continually works in defining the details of the ambitious coding movement. These days one can actually find open source alternatives to almost all major multinational applications. The extremely popular Mozilla Firefox is a striking example of such success. Other well-known models include Thunderbird Email (Alternative to MS Outlook), VLC media player, Pidgin IM, Notepad + +, Libre Office, GIMP image editor (PS alternative), and ClamAV antivirus tool.  

What is open?

Broadly defined, it’s a global community project where programmers come together in defining codes that are free to use. Yes, a developer does not have to pay for obtaining a license from the coders in order to work with this. Point to note: This does not mean that there is no licensing system in this field. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is accepted as a standard community body. Their licenses provide that crucial confirmation that you are using the rightly approved language. Before choosing a vendor, one ought to make sure that the program used is OSI approved.

Make an informed choice. Invest your time in researching whether a company is truly providing what you are expecting. Having your own web presence must be made sure by its adherence to standard community guidelines.  To simplify, you should look upon the following aspects to ensure if a software package is really open or it is a crooked marketing strategy feeding on the popularity.

  • Does it use any of the multiple community-approved systems?
  • Is the company open to contributing its license to the community and be available for discussions?

A progressive system

Quite obviously, this is a great advantage in providing economically viable solutions. In turn, it also widens the creative prospects of the internet, making it more easily available to users as well. Websites such as GitHub, SourceForge, and BitBucket serve as effective platforms for coders to contribute in enriching the various aspects of open source. A major advantage of this is that it is highly adaptive and flexible with hundreds of people constantly working for a better experience. In fact, it should not be a misplaced idea that the concept of being ‘user-friendly’ picked up steam via the competitive leverage of open coding.

In this context, it should be neat to observe that developers are human users of the internet as well (obviously, it kind of goes without saying); albeit, they are highly advanced ‘users’ so to say. Now, working inside the preset profit oriented framework of a multinational service, it is never easy to flex those creative muscles of the brain (kidding, the brain does not have muscles.) However, this sense of limitation probably served as a key factor initiating the open source system where the creative freedom duly returns. These days, even Google is a part of this global initiative (without a doubt, Mozilla has delivered hard competition). That definitely says a lot about the success of opening up to creative freedom!

However, as is the very nature of anything so diverse, a lot of issues remain contentious. It is always advised to talk with your service provider, regarding their knowledge base and business vision. Make it a point to talk with the actual programmer who would be working on your project. See whether that representative is well-informed, up-to-date, and understand your risk factors. Discuss your plans of expansion and your vision about the site in term of its long-term viability on the internet. Eventually, it comes down to providing a more competitive user experience over your competitors. It’s about setting benchmarks and having the vision to improve the community experience, instead of merely using the provided coding texts. 

Here is to be creative!

The Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was but the weekend of not only CocoaDevHouseLondon but CocoaDevHouseTexas as well. The London event (rsvp on upcoming) is provisionally set to occur at the “Idea Store” at the Canary Wharf, according to Richy King via this google groups message. The venue for the Austin event is still undecided but will be resolved within the next two days, updates will be made to the wiki page as well as the google group.

We will be attempting a CocoaDevHouse link up via iChat AV or otherwise, depending how organized things go this upcoming saturday (Sept. 9th). If you are planning on attending either one of the events, feel free to add yourself to their respective wiki pages (london, texas (austin)). Both events should be a blast as we’ve got plenty lined up in terms of presentations as well as discussions, etc.

We will be sure to upload presentations, sample code, tutorials, and anything else that is generated from either of the events and I’ll post again here postmortem linking to everybody’s contributions to CocoaDevHouse(London/Texas). If you’re going to blog, flickr, or tag anything regarding these two events, the suggested tags are: cocoadevhouse, cocoadevhousetexas, cocoadevhouselondon, cdhtexas, cdhlondon

A special thanks to Realmac software, Wired Up & Fired Up and bitcartel for their sponsorship of CocoaDevHouseLondon.

Saddle up for CocoaDevHouseTexas

Just when you thought it was safe to pack away your PowerBooks, MacBooks, and iBooks, CocoaDevHouse is back! Organization for CocoaDevHouseTexas, which will meet in Austin, is already underway so feel free to add yourself to the list of attendees. Chris Forsythe, of Growl, Adium, and Foom Software will be giving a presentation, as well as demonstrating a new application. Second on the list of presentations is my own (R. Tyler Ballance) presentation on using the Dumbarton bridge to leverage the cross-platform power of C# (via Mono).

The event is currently scheduled for Sept. 9th, coincidentally, the same date of CocoaDevHouseLondon. We’ve got people travelling from Dallas/Plano, Houston, and San Antonio, so if you need/want to carpool, just contact one of the individuals on the current list of attendees, hope to see you there!

Cocoa Dev House London


CocoaDevHouseLondon will now be held: 
Friday 8th Sept (5pm onwards)
Saturday 9th Sept (9am -> 9pm)


The Clore Management Centre (Birkbeck University, affiliated to London University)

Which is building Number 2 on this map

Nearest Tube Picadilly Line: Russell Square, Northern Line: Goodge Street. Or 10 min walk from Central Line: Tottenham Ct Rd. 

Apologies for the late announcement but the new venue will allow us to stay and hack away far longer than the Idea Store, so it seemed like a better option.

Thanks to our sponsors Realmac Software and Wired Up & Fired Up we’ve come up with the £££’s to hire the venue.

Join in / Spread CocoaDevHouse

  • Blog about CocoaDevHouse and the London event
  • IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/#CocoaDevHouse
  • Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/cocoadevhouse/
  • Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/CocoaDevHouse
  • CocoaDevBadge?:  The Official badge of CocoaDevHouse

Media contact for information and background on CDH

  • Blake Burris, CDH instigator and producer of CocoaRadio?: aim:cocoaradio skype:cocoaradio


Friday 8th Sept (5pm onwards)
Saturday 9th Sept (9am -> 9pm)


The Clore Management Centre (Birkbeck University, affiliated to London University)

Which is building Number 2 on this map


Register your interest below (using CamelCase? or [ ] to create a page for your bio, etc:

RichardKing – (richy .at. wiredupandfiredup.com)

Abizer – (abizer .at. stompy.org) Still a Cocoa Noob, though.

RonHatcher? – (ronaldhatcher .at. mac .dot. com)

NikFletcher? – (nik) [at] (nikfletcher) (dot) [com]. I’m a newbie too, but not through lack of trying 

[Rod] – (black(underscore)cast) {.at.} mac {.dot.} com) Longer term newbie since OpenStep?, seem to spend more time server side.

[stam] – stam66 .at. mac (dot) [co.m] cocoa n00b, seeking motivation 

RobbieDuncan? – robbie_cocoadevhouse .at. robbieduncan.net – I’ve released a couple of small apps. I was waiting for someone to start this!

BlakeBurris, skype:cocoaradio jabber:cocoaradio at gmail observer from Dallas  I’ll promote the London event on CocoaRadio? and blog.

FraserSpeirs? – fraser [at] speirs.org. Developer of [http://connectedflow.com/flickrexport|FlickrExport?], etc.

SteveHarris? – steve [at] reinventedsoftware.com. [http://reinventedsoftware.com|Reinvented Software] – tentative.

EdwardDeards? – (Edward (dot) Deards (at) gmail (dot) com) One time professional cocoa dev, now only in spare time.

NeilClayton? – Currently working part time at shinywhitebox.com – soon to be doing so full time. Recent (2yr) switcher, attended a BNR Cocoa course early 2006.

Simon – Bitcartel Software – home of ComicBookLover?, RadioLover?, iRecordMusic, and more…

AndrewSkinner? – andy2307 (at) mac (dot) com – Starting out in the world of Mac development. Missed the 9th of Sept but will attend the next meetup if possible.

Things To Do

  • Ensure local web access / bandwidth suitable for video streaming
  • Setup IRC for viewing external participant conversation
  • CDH London artwork available at http://hyperboledesign.com/cdhLondon.zip (Thanks Jake!)
  • Assign video streaming to someone familiar with QT Broadcast, Abizer? know who setup A-dam video? (it was well done imo)

Subversion Repository

I’ve set this up so that anyone can read, but you need a log in to commit. Do you want access? Send me an email:

  • address: abizern [at] gmail.com
  • the username/password combination you would like.

It takes a minute to set you up as long as I have web access. So you can do it in advance, or ask me in person over the weekend.

If you haven’t used Subversion or before, or if you’re new to version control, I’m bringing tools and documentation along, and I’m more than happy to help you out.

Stuff coming along (add yours here)

  • Airport Express to boost wi-fi if available (Abizer)
  • Disk images of software:
    • XCode? 2.4 and CHUD (Abizer)
    • Version control bundle (Abizer)
      • Subversion
      • SvnX? – graphical front end for Subversion
      • Subversion reference book.
  • 4 plug power strip (Abizer) (+Nik – might be a cube though) Anyone else? there’ll be quite a lot of chargers that will need sockets. (+1 richy)
  • Hillegass Cocoa Book (Abizer) (+Nik)
  • Wrox Mac OS X Programming Book (Nik)
  • Digital Camera with a Flickr account (Nik)
  • Copies of RapidWeaver? (along with RealMacSoftware? stickers and badges) c/o our Sponsors (Nik to bring)
  • G3 iBook for random iChat/IRC usage. (Rich)
  • Router & Hub & ethernet-wifi bridge (Rich)
  • Ethernet Cables (2 Richy) (+1 Abizer on Saturday) Please bring one if you have one.
  • Assortment of USB cables (just in case) (Nik)
  • Multiformat memory card reader (also just in case) (Nik)
  • Blank CDs? incase we want to burn anything (Abizer)
  • JBL Duet Speakers & Logitech Skype headset (Nik) incase anyone wants to give a presentation….
  • Whiteboard markers and BluTack?. I believe Ron is bringing temporary whiteboards (Rich)

Misc. Things

  • CocoaDevHouseQuotes: A quick glance at some of the more comical things said during a CocoaDevHouse event.
  • CocoaAppIdeas?: Check out some of our CocoaDevHouse project ideas
  • CocoaResources?: New hat or old, here are some very useful Cocoa resources

Cocoa Dev House Texas

Grab your spurs and your debugger.


CocoaDevHouse is an somewhat impromptu “unconference” styled after SuperHappyDevHouse?, and BarCamp? aimed at bringing Mac developers, and other Mac enthusiasts together. CocoaDevHouseTexas is aimed at bringing as many Mac developers and enthusiasts together with good mexican food and good conversation and quite possibly, some good code. If you’re interested in “sponsoring” CocoaDevHouseTexas scroll down to the “Sponsors” section.

Austin Attractions Austin is quite literally an oasis of cool in the middle of Texas, so feel free, if you’re travelling from Dallas, or Houston, to stay overnight. Austin has great live music venues, such as Stubb’s. or Emo’s. Austin is also home to the University of Texas, and 6th street, where all the cool people of Austin hang out.


Across the street from the original CocoaDevHouse Location on 6th Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe. Awaiting final confirmation. Details to follow. Location will be posted HERE as soon as we get final approval. Check back here like every 8 minutes…


CocoaDevHouseTexas is set to occur on Saturday, September 9th, 2015



  • Chris Forsythe (Houston) aim:omgwtfsco aim:headliner321 jabber:cforsythe@gmail.com freenode:The_Tick
  • R. Tyler Ballance (San Antonio) aim:agentdero skype:agentdero jabber:tyler@tamu.edu tyler@bleepsoft.com


  • Dustin Bachrach (San Antonio) aim:debachrach254 skype:ahdustin
  • Blake Burris (Dallas) aim:cocoaradio skype:cocoaradio
  • Giovanni Gallucci (Plano) aim:giovannigallucci skype:giovannigallucci The Agency Blog | Queso Compuesto | MediaSwamp?
  • whurley aim:whurleyvision jabber:vision@whurley.com
  • Paul Litvak (Austin) aim:paullitv
  • Thomas Hallock (Austin) aim:hallockthomas skype:thomashallock
  • Todd M

Possible Attendees

  • ZacWhite? would like to attend, but Austin is really freakin’ far. aim:cubeman http://zacwhite.com/
  • Vicki Farmer would come if it got postponed to a different weekend. (Going to be at Photoshop World on the 9th.) (And the Tulsa Scottish Games on the 16th.) (My life, and welcome to it. ;D)
  • Add yourself below


  • Chris Griego (Allen) (No final address or time the morning of the event? No thanks.)
  • Mike Griego (Plano)


Although CocoaDevHouse is an unofficial non-profit organization, we will accept sponsorship. Sponsorship will earn you or your company the gratitude of many a Mac developer/enthusiast, as well as being linked from the CocoaDevHouseTexas page, as well as participating bloggers (i.e. when posting about CocoaDevHouseTexas, all you need to do is say “Special thanks to Company X for catering Chuy’s for the event” for example).

What needs to be covered

  • ”’CocoaDevHouseTexas needs a venue, preferably in Austin. – Venue & Bartender Graft Sponsorship provided by The Agency Blog & Queso Compuesto Techs-Mex Podcast
  • Food and refreshments (Austin has some great mexican resturants, if one could cater, that would be fantastic).
  • SVGA Projector of some kind in order to project presentations onto the side of a wall/bus/large man I can bring a projector (Giovanni Galucci)
  • T-Shirts?


  • i suck at computers R. Tyler Ballance’s Blog
  • JakeDahn.com Jake Dahn’s Blog
  • DBachrach.com Dustin Bachrach’s Blog
  • The Agency Blog “Giovanni Gallucci’s Blog”
  • Cocoa Junkie Paul Litvak’s Blog


  • Blake Burris for CocoaRadio
  • Queso Compuesto