Four out of five programmers are now using, or recently have used, open source development tools, estimates Forrester Research's Jeffrey Hammond. He says this indicates "open source is taking over. This is a golden age for developers."
Forrester, in conjunction with Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners, conducted a survey of more than 1,400 programmers and found 84 percent now use open source software. The survey included developers from both open source and proprietary companies.
Hammond says most programmers switch to open source because they perceive it as having better performance and reliability. "Open source used to be popular because of the lower cost," he says. "Now the cost of tools is the least important element for developers."
The survey also indicates the three industries expected to be impacted the most by open source software are education, government, and healthcare.
Hammond cites big data and NoSQL as areas where open source has become software groundbreakers. Open source solutions are frequently preferred because they lack the obstacles associated with acquiring proprietary software.
The survey suggests open source is leading in other fields as well, including cloud/virtualization, content management systems, mobile, security, and network management.
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