One of Atomic Object’s core values is “Teach and Learn,” the idea that knowledge is best when shared as a community. It’s also the idea behind open-source software. Having immersed myself in this ideal, I implore any software company that really wants to elevate its work culture to put a similar value front and center.
Software development is hard. Fortunately the software development community by and large is a place that is often open to sharing what they know, and the result of this can be a beautiful thing on a micro and a macro scale. The more knowledge is gatekept, the more we as a community hold ourselves back from our potential. Sharing knowledge is a crucial aspect of human progress. It has played a vital role in the development of our societies throughout history. When we share knowledge, we empower others to learn and grow.
This brings me to open-source software, or at least the idea of it and how important (and how cool) it is within our industry.
Open-source software represents the beauty of sharing knowledge, and its unique impact on the technology industry has been profound. At its core, open-source software is about the democratization of knowledge and technology. It’s the idea that everyone should have access to the tools and knowledge necessary to write quality software.