Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Red Gate goes SQL Loco for OSS Projects...

Simple Talk - SQL Support for OSS Projects

We recently blogged about two new open source websites, OSS Zero to Sixty and OSSPerks. Set up by Nik and Anthony, founders of Glimpse, they’re two sites dedicated to helping anyone looking for help, tips, resources and tooling for open source projects.

Since then, we’ve heard about all sorts of exciting things the open source community is doing and we would love our tools at Red Gate to help along the way. We’ve just added a bunch of Red Gate SQL Server tools to the growing list on OSSPerks, including:

We’re offering free licenses of these tools for work on open source projects. Just drop us an email at sales[at]red-gate[you know]com with your contact details and a little information about your plans, and we’ll be in touch to set you up with a license...

OSS Perks

A listing of tools and services that are made freely available to open source projects.



OSS Zero to Sixty

Running OSS Projects: From Zero to Sixty is starting out as a companion website for Nik Molnar's NDC 2013 presentation by the same name. The presentation is available here for viewing and re-presenting at developer groups worldwide.

In addition, the presentation has been build using reveal.js and is open source (Creative Commons) itself. Please contribute any tips, tricks or valuable lessons to improve this quick start for OSS developers.

The video recording of this presentation from NDC is now available!. In addition, here is the session abstract:

Glimpse, an open source web application diagnostics tool, went from a rough back-of-a-napkin idea to a project with tens of thousands of users and developer media attention within a period of eight weeks. Join Glimpse’s co-founder, Nik Molnar, for an honestly raw tale of the pains and lessons learned that arose managing an open source project. Along the way, Nik will cover the tools and techniques that have proven successful over the past two years developing Glimpse, focusing on technical challenges and best practices for community management, communications and open source/life balance.This session is suitable for founders, maintainers, contributors and all users of open source software and aims to spark conversation around the best way to foster open source and open source etiquette.


It's always nice to see a favorite vendor "do good"...


Jams said...

It's hard to start seeing Red Gate as a caring, sharing member of the OSS community, especially when the painful memories of the .NET Reflector broken promise are still on peoples minds.

It's a step in the right direction, but they have a mountain to climb if they want to recapture peoples trust.

Greg said...

@Jams Yeah I hear you, I was kind of thinking the same thing. But maybe this is how they atone for that. And you have to admit, their move with Reflector, in the end, worked out pretty good. Look at all the free options we now have...

(But yeah, the move still was... um... yeah)

Anyway, like you said, this is a good move in the right direction...