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September 18, 2013 by oliviapaterson   

“WebForge** is dedicated at making open source projects successful.”

Here at WebForge, we thrive on making our open source programs accessible for community collaboration, helping us to create the leading resource for open source software development and distribution. Using the tools we provide, an approximate of over 324,000 projects are created by 3.4 million developers, connecting more than 46 million consumers with these open source projects.

WebForge is where open source happens.

What is open source?

Most software that you buy or download only comes in the compiled ready-to-run version. Compiled means that the actual program code that the developer created, known as the source code, has run through a special program called a compiler that translates the source code into a form that the computer can understand. It is extremely difficult to modify the compiled version of most applications and nearly impossible to see exactly how the developer created different parts of the program. Most commercial software manufacturers see this as an advantage that keeps other companies from copying their code and using it in a competing product. It also gives them control over the quality and features found in a particular product.

Open source software is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The source code is included with the compiled version and modification or customization is actually encouraged. The software developers who support the open source concept believe that by allowing anyone who’s interested to modify the source code, the application will be more useful and error-free over the long term.

Testimonials:

“I usually have no clue about programming and all that…Webforge provided me with the starting tools I needed for my app…[the programs’] source code availability makes [programming] user-friendly and accessible! I am one satisfied client! :) :) ”

– Apple-tini, CA.

“My friends and I wanted to start looking into game [programming], but didn’t have the funding nor the knowledge to [begin]. Webforge already had preset gaming applications available for use…through research and Webforge, I am happy to say that we are on our way of creating out very own…and we are only teenagers!”

– COD101, MI

“I have been a co-founder of a start up company that deals in Maths tutorials for kids at home. My business partner and I have only been doing this face to face as of recent, but desired to go even further and begin a program [our clients] can download. [My business partner], unfortunately has moved to another state and didn’t know anyone who could help us with programming. Webforge has opened up new avenues for my company…and [we are] definitely grateful for its suppliers!”

– Myangel, MA

“I was really interested in gaining knowledge on software for gaming – apps and video gaming. Webforge was a great way to help get me started and introduce me to software that I wasn’t aware I needed. I am so thank-ful for this open source as it allowed me to have so many opportunities within this area and explore what else I can do in the future.”

-Lozluvskeys, AUS

** Webforge is a fictional name and is available for external use.


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