Open source

Shared Source Modules

Great! Sitecore has extended its platform for its shared source modules on sdn. Now they offer Subversion and Trac, so that we all can help make the modules even better. That I am able to influence the modules directly, makes me seriously consider using one of these modules next time.
The logical question is: why not extend this with all the official modules? It’s not like the code is obfuscated or anything, so we can look into it anyway – and this way we can all contribute to making the Sitecore product even better.

Open source, Sitecore

Open source modules

For a while, Pentia has been working on a new Forum module for Sitecore. As some of you might know there are some licensing issues which causes problems with the current Community Server based implementation.
As thing are looking now, the new Forum module will be based on YetAnotherForum.NET, a .NET/MSSQL based open-source discussion forum or bulletin board system. This means that the source code for the forum system, which is licensed as GPL, will be distributed along with the module.
Hopefully this will spread as a trend within the Sitecore modules, as one of problems I often face is trying to get the restrained standard modules to work the way I, or rather the customer, wants or expects it to behave. What I find, is that we Sitecore developers today face the option of using the modules and the module functionality as is, or to code the functionality from scratch.
I truely hope that the future Sitecore modules will be more flexible and open – perhaps even the source 🙂