ODIN’s Open Source Approach — Why Does it Matter? Part 2 of 2

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Jul 12 · 7 min read
ODIN aims to improve the world through a network of open source cooperatively built mobile applications with a focus on privacy and decentralization.

Introduction

This article will present part two of a two part series giving my thoughts and opinions on open source systems and how ODIN Society plans to leverage the benefits of such. Additionally, I hope to highlight some of the projects made possible through open source.

Definitions

Programming Language — A programming language is a set of commands, instructions, and other syntax use to create a software programs, like games, web browsers and blockchains. Languages that programmers use to write code are called *“high-level languages.” This code can be compiled into a “low-level language,” which is recognized directly by the computer hardware.(TechTerms.com). Additionally, one could write a program in a low level language, but this is only done in the event that you really needed the most optimal performance and weren’t able to trust the compiler to do it on your behalf.

What languages are currently supported by ODIN?

ODIN Blockchain products and services currently make use of a variety of programming languages. The language powering the most important component, the ODIN Blockchain was written in C++. Other examples of languages being used within the ODIN ecosystem include C#, JavaScript, and TypeScript, a superset of Javascript.

Trust and Transparency

For a blockchain project such as ours, the most important thing is retaining the sense of trust our community has in us. This means continuing to operate in an open and transparent manner and to ‘bake’ those ideals into the very core of of work, i.e. the code base itself. If anyone can read how the system works, then they can see for themselves that we ‘walk the walk’.

Top open source projects

Among some of the top open source projects are the Linux Kernel, online blog site Word Press, web browser Firefox (Chrome is closed-source, but uses an OS core, Chromium), and widely used operating system Ubuntu.

Broadly Speaking we are Seeing More and More For-Profit Companies Opting to Open Source Projects

Some of the biggest tech companies have opted to open source their code for specific products. Take social media giant, Facebook, for example, open sourcing parts of their system has positively affected the bottom line for the company. Some estimates have the company saving figures in the billions of dollars by letting the community tinker with, and make improvements upon everything from data management to general interfaces with, Cassandra and React, respectively. (Businessinsider.com)

Special Thanks

A very special thanks goes out to fellow ODIN Society member, Toby Worth for editorial help and content suggestions in this article. I’d happily grant him co-author status, considering he wrote the entire section on Trust and Transparency, though he’s too humble to accept such a thing. So please don’t forget to share your appreciation for Toby [@TobinsSpiritShelf] on our Discord.

That was great, but where do I find out more about ODIN?

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