Article: Is the UK becoming the open source capital of Europe?

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Is the UK becoming the open source capital of Europe?

Open source technology contributes an economic boost of up to £43 billion ($60.22bn) to the UK, according to a new report, which suggests the UK leads Europe in open source development.

The first part of a three-phase report by open source non-profit OpenUK was released this week, assessing the current state of open source in the UK and the country’s position in the global open source landscape.

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Article: Microsoft’s new Power Fx is an open-source language based on Excel

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Microsoft’s new Power Fx is an open-source language based on Excel

Microsoft Power Fx is an open-source programming language that hopes to make coding as straightforward as building a spreadsheet.

Power Fx is described by Microsoft as a general-purpose, strong-typed, declarative, and functional programming language. It shares the same syntax and functions as Excel, with Microsoft explaining that Power Fx behaves much in the same way its popular spreadsheet application handles formulas.

This concept is at the core Power Fx: to make programming apps as easy as building a spreadsheet in Excel. Instead of having to grapple with multiple pieces of code, Power Fx leverages formulas, which are declarative and immediately recalculate as code is updated. This means any errors are detected and highlighted immediately and don’t interfere with the rest of the code.

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Article: Time for ‘Open Innovation,’ Not Just Open Source

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Time for ‘Open Innovation,’ Not Just Open Source

We can all agree that open source revolutionized the software industry. The effect has been profound on every segment from enterprise software to search and social networking. But it wasn’t always that way.  The late Jim Ready, founding father of embedded open source software, told me once that his early prospects told him that open source wouldn’t fly because they wouldn’t trust their code to a bunch of teenagers in some far-off part of the world.

Well, guess what? Embedded open source software not only works; most our world runs on it today.

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