Developing on a Open Source Platform

Lately I’ve been tasked with writing an Administration interface that’s very client heavy for a web application. It uses the Extjs framework and its widgets for building the GUI, Django + Python for the application tier, and PostgreSQL for the database end. We’re using Apache and Ubuntu Server as our platform. The entire application stack is open source, so the acquisition costs for starting development is nil.

In the past few weeks, I’ve developed more insights into the advantages of developing on a completely open source stack. The newest pro I’ve discovered is the documentation and active communities in the larger and popular projects. I know a lot of MS developers moan about the lack of adequate support available on some open source projects, but it’s not true of all them out there. When choosing components for your system, it’s almost a given that strong community support is a requirement. Fortunately in OSS projects, the utility of a project and the general following behind it go hand in hand.

I can recommend with confidence that the community support behind our application stack (Extjs, Django, Python, PostgreSQL) for our system is strong and adequate for any web application projects that you may want to pursue

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