If you don’t get fat checks from an enterprisey company for your software work, should you care what they do and why?A comment on David Pollak’s insightful The Impending Ruby Fracture argues why enterprises are just big black holes of suck to F/OSS coders, especially with regards to programming languages:
- they stick with positively ancient tools
- they don’t write good code
- they rarely contribute
Perhaps that’s an overgeneralization, but it matches my experience more often than not. The continual starry-eyed “Wow, Enterprise Software is Amazing and Only Real Men Programmers can make it” I hear from certain groups makes me yawn. Why spend so much time and effort producing software for a group unless you get some positive benefit from it?