‘The Secret Code’

Open vs Closed source software.


I feel.

After doing a whole lot of research on these terms I’ve come to find definitions that actually better help me understand their meanings. All computer-based programs are created using source code, which is the “technical blueprint that tells a program how to function.” Open source software (OSS) is “available for the general public to use and modify from its original design free of charge.” Closed source software (CSS) is when “the source code is not shared with the public for anyone to look at or change.”

A common example of open and closed source is Android vs Apple. Android uses an open source, allowing developers to alter areas they wish, whereas Apple on the other hand restricts developers from accessing particular aspects whilst developing programs.




There are some differences between open and closed source software with the main being price. OSS is usually free of charge, only charging for additional functions, whereas CSS requires payments which vary in price.

A benefit of OSS is that everyone has control over modifying the site’s design. CSS is beneficial for beginners as they are already designed, therefore giving those who are new to sourcing an easy set up.




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7 thoughts on “‘The Secret Code’

  1. Hey Nicole! Not going to lie, I was also very confused about this blog post. But your post clearly explains the basis of what open and closed source soft wares are! It was such a short and sweet yet informative blog about these two terms. You outlined and discussed the basis of what needed to be covered and got your points across! The visual image you use really grabbed my attention and the facts about the topic really engaged me as a reader and overall I thought your blog post was an interesting read. I feel like I now have a deeper knowledge of the differences and uses of each source! Awesome work.

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  2. This is a nice and simple post that defines open-source and closed-source software succinctly – which probably means you’ve got a handle on the topic now. Since you’re over that hurdle, then have you thought about how open-sourced software/networks parallel emergent media/decentralised communication models? It’s quite an interesting comparison that I urge you to think about, especially considering your remediation mentions “mass collaboration”; this topic links back to collective intelligence quite nicely.
    I hesitate to say that my post goes more in-depth into this, so instead I’ll recommend you one of the sources I used: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/the-internet-we-built-that.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&http://
    Very interesting read on the importance of open-source/peer networks.

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  3. This was such a helpful blog post to read! I wish I had read this earlier it makes the whole concept of open and close sources that much clearer. I find it very interesting to look at particular brands and how they make their products either open or closed source. For example, I looked into Apple this week and how they strictly use closed sources. They don’t want consumers to modify or control their platform, instead, they want to be in control of their platforms completely. While Android phones allow for open source editing. Perhaps in the future people will move away from Apple for this very reason, but for now, Apple has a lot of power with their closed source systems.

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  4. This Blog post was very helpful! The sources of CSS and OSS were explained very well and made it clear. I did find your blog post a little short and maybe an example of an OSS or CSS would have expanded your post a little more. Great post, I enjoyed reading it!

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  5. Really helpful blog, I struggled to wrap my head around this topic as well. Your blog post is very helpful, especially your example of open and closed source (Android vs Apple). Your remediation was well done this week was helpful for me to understand the concept and your post made it really easy to understand and didn’t confuse the topic for me by adding irrelevant information. You’ve outlined the important information and you’ve successfully conveyed your points, Well done!!

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  6. As someone who was also confused about this topic I think you simplified it well and wrote concisely which was easy to read, I think maybe including hyperlinks would have been beneficial in order to add more information and support what you were saying so that readers could have a better understanding of what exactly you were writing about. However, really great work overall !

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