I thought for a while about where to post this, so I am counting on a nice Bartender or Sherrif to possibly move this somewhere more appropriately if desired. I don't know why, but when I think of JAVA I think Open Source. I have a couple of projects in the works and I would like to possibly sell them and make some money when they are complete. But I am worried that too many people have my frame of mind and are not likely to buy a pure JAVA solution. Does anyone have any comments are other views on this topic? I wonder how our Banner Ads are doing as far as people actually purchasing JAVA solutions from these companies?
Post by:Darryl A. J. Staflund
, Ranch Hand
Hi Greg, I tend to think that whether or not you choose to sell Java products (and whether or not you choose to purchase Java products) should be a consequence of the type of business model you have in place. If yours is a company with a number of investors that financed the development of your product, then it's natural that you would want to charge if only to pay back your investors. If, on the other hand, you have no such concern, then the choice is yours. I think the debate of open-source vs. commercial software that you read about in open-source communities is really a debate about different business models. Looked at in this light, Java itself as a development language is neutral between business models. Java, when looked on as a core open-source development platform, is another matter. But again, the platform really only makes sense within a larger business context. Darryl