Box has made its identity as a cloud company with generous file management features. The company showed another generous side by contributing to the Open Source movement with its own repository.
Box Open Source is a way for the cloud company to give back to the community and even tapping the work of open source developers for its own projects. Presently, the repository hosted on GitHub showcases 20 projects.
Open source projects cover the range of Python and PHP codes, database tools, SDKs for Windows, iOS, Android, and Java, and JQuery plugins. Benjamin VanEvery, Principal Technical Operations Developer said:
We want to offer high-quality code that is configurable, extensible, and well documented. All of our projects are required to have installation instructions, unit testing, documentation, and follow good design principles. Not only this, but looking into the future we want to ensure that our projects are healthy and always improving, to this end we also require each project have a team committed to maintaining it. Over the past half year, we have been piloting and refining a process to assure that all projects we share with the world meet these characteristics.
Box is ramping up and will soon go public. If it has to go grow and hold its own in the already cutthroat enterprise cloud segment, it will need to foster a community of developers. Already, according to Box, more than 35,000 developers are currently building services on top of the Box platform. From here on each step on its growth could also rub off on its open source initiative and vice-versa.
Source: Box Blog via The Next Web