PowerBuilder – As an Open Source development tool?
I just noticed that Bruce Armstrong has started an on-line petition to SAP management to either release PB15 or release the code to open-source. PB Petition to save PowerBuilder. *update Aug 29, 2013: The petition has passed 1,500 signatures you can find details about who has signed on Bruce Armstrong’s blog.
I realize that the chances of SAP opening up the source-code for PowerBuilder is about as likely as the Ison comet causing an extinction event on Earth— or the Louisiana sinkhole (Bayou Corne) being related to fracking— okay truthfully PB has less chance than either, but I digress and admit that this was a sneaky way for me to inject news events that our media refuses to talk about into a PowerBuilder blog.
Who would be interested in contributing to an Open Source PowerBuilder Tool?
I have never really understood the Open Source business model but I believe that profits are generated through support contracts and most corporate clients would probably seriously consider spending the money. If the future for PowerBuilder looks bleak then why think outside the box– something Sybase was not capable of doing, IMHO, but SAP is a company with vision and just might consider it. (yeah I was trying to kiss up)
PowerBuilder 15 – one of the most searched terms on this website
The long wait for PowerBuilder 15 (PB15) and lack of guidance from SAP pretty much suggests:
- SAP is not willing to invest much money in PB15
- SAP may not be committed to the PB15 release at all
- PowerBuilder 15 may never come to exist
These are my own opinions but they seem reasonable. So SAP, why not just open up the source and let us dedicated developers see what we can do? If you are really not willing to invest in the tool what do you have to lose?
What might happen if PB went open-source?
- Developers may take a new interest in the tool
- Companies might be willing to use the tool considering they have access to source-code
- Old die-hard PB evangelists might just find a way to re-kindle the love-affair with PowerBuilder
- Developers would appreciate the idea and some of the alienated customers might consider returning
- Nothing bad
I know the idea is “out-there” but appreciate some constructive feedback. If we can get some going here maybe SAP will take a look.
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