· Feb 20, 2023

Open Discussion about InterSystems Open Exchange

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to an exciting online event related to the InterSystems Open Exchange app gallery. The purpose is to discuss the features and upgrades of the Open Exchange and gather feedback from the Community.

Date: March 1st, 2023
Time: 9:00 am Boston // 3:00 pm Berlin // 6:00 pm Dubai // 10:00 pm Beijing time
>> Registration here <<

Topics that we will cover:

  • There are many packages.
  • There are duplications of functionality the packages provide.
  • Most packages only have one contributor - teamwork encouragement 
  • Many packages haven't been updated in a long time.
  • Apps bundles
  • Demo for the apps

The format of the event will be an open table discussion, where we will present our ideas and the vector of development. Then, we will ask for your feedback and encourage everyone to participate in the discussion. 


  • 5 min - A short overview of app quality check feature (for moderators)
  • 10 min - Questions and feedback
  • 10 min - Our vision to address the issues mentioned above.
  • 20 min - Questions and feedback
  • 25 min - open talk - other ideas, wishes, comments towards Open Exchange

If you have any other ideas or topics that you would like to discuss, feel free to put them in the comments or announce them during the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there and having an engaging discussion.

>> Register here <<

Discussion (7)2
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You are correct module.xml indicates IPM/ZPM usage and that's OK.
But "Packages" is much wider since it also includes those parts that do not contain installable code or data to load but (if well prepared) a bunch of additional information like (hopefully) user guides, installation guides, description of the purpose of the packages, as well as screenshots, examples, ..... 
All this is not part of the IPM module. for good reasons.
I would feel "module" as a downgrade of the excellent work the contributors provided to the community.

Fully agree:
Package was used for the chapter of OEX from day zero!.
Instead of semantic discussions, it would be much more important to take care of 
quality and completeness and easy-to-evaluate examples for the community.
Every member of the community is a customer. To my understanding this is major
point of being different do other code exchange and discussion platforms.
I have checked almost all packages (except the commercials) and most contributors 
seem to share this understanding. Though I have to admit that there are also less
service-minded contributors that just don care about issues and PRs.
A community of white sheep only is an illusion.
I've seen too much to have such dreams