SPAS 3.0 Open Source Initiative

Why has SPAS 3.0 become Open Source?

The aim of SPAS 3.0 is to give Flash developers an extensive set of free tools to let them be creative without limitations.

Without limitations means that SPAS 3.0 allows you to create tools you need, and not "tools they want you to use".

There are so many developers around the world that are frustrated because they are not listened to. So now, you can be an actor instead of being a constrained passive spectator.

And SPAS 3.0 will offer you more; From now on, you won't hear these statements anymore:

"You're not a real developer! ...
You must learn another language to publish your application on our mobile platform! ..."

By combining all SPAS 3.0 APIs, you will finally have the opportunity to financially profit from your Flash Developer skills. Is there a better way to do so other than using Open Source tools?

Who can participate?

It is important to understand what "Open Source" really means.

Everyone can participate in an Open Source project, but only a few can decide to modify the source code. The reason is quite simple:

"Huge projects need a well framed structure to prevent an over-diversification in coding processes and the division of the community."

This is the golden rule for all Open Source projects. Accepting it is the guarantee to find its own place inside an Open Source initiative.

Each of us has a role to play. Whether you are a Flash Designer, a Java, Flex or AS3 developer, you probably have something interesting to share. You could write core codes or tutorials, track bugs, improve documentation, translate or simply promote SPAS 3.0...

Principles of open collaboration

Open source is said to be based on the principle of meritocracy. We have found that the principle of meritocracy is used as an umbrella term for the following three more specific principles of open source:

  • Egalitarian. Everyone can contribute, because open source projects are accessible on the Internet and the project community is typically inclusive to anyone who wants to help.
  • Meritocratic. Contributions are judged transparently and based on their merits. All decisions are discussed publicly on mailing lists and can be looked up for reference.
  • Self-organizing. There is typically no defined process imposed from the outside so the project community itself determines how to go about its work.

We call these principles the principles of open collaboration.

From: Software Research and the Industry, Open Collaboration within Corporations Using Software Forges.

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