DOP 249: How to Choose Between Open Source and Commercial Software

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024

Show Notes

#249: One of the prominent discussions in the software industry is the concept of ‘build versus buy.’ Often the argument focuses on creating a whole system from scratch or opting for pre-built solutions.

But think about it. You never start from absolute zero. When you begin developing an application, it isn’t devoid of pre-existing libraries or systems. It’s about identifying the point on the spectrum from which you initiate your development journey.

In this episode, we speak with Hadi Chami from LEADTOOLS about how the key factors such as pricing, licensing model, support, maintenance, and the impact on the end product play significant roles in making this ‘build versus buy’ choice.


Hadi Chami

Hadi Chami

Hadi Chami is the Developer Advocate and Manager at LEADTOOLS, the top provider of software development toolkits. LEADTOOLS gives developers millions of lines of code at their fingertips, speeding up the development process while fortifying the technology with top security measures and unparalleled customer support. Hadi works with LEAD developers to create comprehensive toolkits for customers to jump-start their application development. With over ten years of professional experience as a developer himself, he is at the forefront of toolkit ideation and creation for OCR, forms processing, medical viewers, multimedia and more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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