Open Source Development

Open source development is software whose source code is made available to the public. The public can either use it or modify it from the original if they desire. Open source software is generally built through a joint effort among different developers in order to improve the source code and share whatever changes they have made to their online community.

The open source concept developed in the virtual world in response to commercial software that was usually developed and owned by major corporations.

The Difference between Open Source and Commercial Software
When open source development software is created and published by open source communities, unlike commercial software that is sold by corporations, their licenses guarantee that the source code inside the application is available for everyone to download, inspect, change, and re-build at their whim.

Hence the name, open source. The code, or the language that is used to build the software, cannot only be obtained by anyone, but can also be improved by developers with different skills. The open source license also protects anyone using the open source development against discrimination and gives them rights to use the code any way they like.

Open Source Development at Blacksmith

Blacksmith – an open source development company – provides several different services. These services include open source development, its customization, and implementation on applications. Our highly-skilled team of designers and developers are proficient in not only designing web templates, but also creating skins, installing open source developments, and integrating platforms seamlessly with other larger systems.

At Blacksmith, we also provide custom open source development according to our individual client’s needs. Blacksmith offers the following open source development services:

1. osCommerce Development at Blacksmith
Do you have products to sell to your potential clients? Don’t worry because Blacksmith’s expert team of designers and developers will quickly set up an online store. Put your mind at ease while adding state-of-the-art features to enhance your user’s experiences.

osCommerce is an e-commerce solution to help easily set up your online virtual store. This is free software because it is an open source solution published under the GNU license.

2. Joomla Development and Customization
Do you need to publish content on your website which describes, in detail, what you offer? Or do you need to teach people how to use your products? Blacksmith specializes in developing custom Joomla websites.

What is Joomla, anyway? Well, Joomla is a free, open source, Content Management System that can be used to publish content on your website. Joomla has numerous features such as RSS feeds, news flashes, blogs, page caching for better performance, website searching, and polls, among many other things.

3. Dotnet Nuke
Need a commercial website setup for a large company? Trust Blacksmith to create and deploy large scale commercial projects on the fly using DotNetNuke – an open source web application framework built upon the most popular language, Microsoft’s ASP.NET.

4. Custom Magento Applications
Magento is software built upon the open source technology. It gives you complete control and freedom to customize as well as upgrade web applications according to your individual business needs. The best part is that you’ll get continuous support from large communities of dedicated developers who are continuously striving to improve the Magento source code.

5. X-Cart Development
Looking for shopping cart software? We custom develop shopping carts with X-Cart Development which is built upon the most popular language, PHP and MySQL. The X-Cart software also comes with support for Smarty Template technology.

6. Drupal Development
Drupal is another free, open-source, Content Management System, again written in PHP. Drupal, like most modern CMS’s in the market today, assists website administrators with creation, organization, and publishing of content. Furthermore, Drupal also allows the system admin to customize presentations, manage site visitors, authors, and many other administrative tasks with just a few clicks.

If you require custom open source development, please don’t hesitate to contact us!