MS Pattern Sharing Under the Creative Commons

March 17, 2005

Technology

Wow! I am in a session right now where Microsoft enterprise architects are discussing their support of a creative pattern repository at http://patternshare.org. I am so amazed that Microsoft is open and expressive about this effort. First, Microsoft is supporting patterns that are not always based upon Microsoft products and licensing. Second, Microsoft executives are allowing the patterns developed/articulated by this team to be released under the Creative Commons copyright framework. Third, Microsoft is releasing code fragments (not products or systems, mind you) under a very relaxed EULA. These three facts lend immense credibility to the participatory tone that Microsoft has taken throughout this conference. Way to go!

-CyclingRoo-

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