Does anyone know whether (and if so, where) the slides will be availalbe for download? In particular those on Atelier, Git, Docker and Iris?
I guess it's not as much about the size of the community as it is about its composition. COS is not necessarily the kind of programming language/stack a start up is going to choose over JS/Ruby/Python/whatever is hip today. I assume (and it really is just an assumption) many companies are featuring business oriented development focusing on effecient database access and maintaining pretty old systems. Leaving little time/opportunity to try out new things and therefore contribute to the open source community.
I think if Intersystems wants to maintain COS as a viable language and not have every developer rather focus on Node and using Caché solely as a database system they are better off supporting open source efforts and making the language more appealing to younger developers.
Regarding your bullet points
1. Seeing how much of a difference even small contributions make in the COS world (vscode integration, json-output way before itw as implemented in the core language) I think many developers would benefit from even small tools/routines being open sourced.
2. github makes it incredibly easy. Convincing your boss that spending time on something someone else might get for free eventually is not that easy in a corporate environment.
3. As long as it is not using external functionality a simple xml import or install script should be viable.
Personally I really am looking forward to some new features and would like to contribute to projects.
I wholeheartedly agree. Recenlty I tried to teach myself some React/Raact Native but Vue seems so much more natural. I guess Angular (and TypeScript) is a great choice when it comes to rather large codebases but for smaller project Vue is such a breeze.
Although at times you have to deal with Chinese documentation.
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