And in a classic case of l'esprit d'escalier, it wasn't until I was leaving the bank that I realized I should have asked about his bank's free checking.
Frankly, I thought the days of mocking open source were behind us. It's become such a powerful force in the world and I doubt there are any major businesses which don't rely on it in some way.
And that brings me to http://www.fusioncharts.com/. On their front page it reads:
So what's an "enterprise-grade" application? The term isn't well-defined, but I think Facebook might be uncontroversially called that. As of this writing, they're the second most popular site on the Web, according to Alexa.
And what "not for grown-ups hobby projects" does Facebook rely on?
That's a damned impressive list and, I suspect, not an exhaustive one. Many of those projects were developed by businesses and then later released open source and others, such as Linux, were simply developed by non-Grown-Ups (with apologies to Linus).
However, what really amuses me is that the "hobby projects" line is full of hypocrisy. Here's what a few minutes of reading their html, some curl requests and a quick scan of their job adverts reveals they apparently use:
- Either MySQL or PostgreSQL
So to Fusion Charts I would say this: if you want to rely on the work of open source developers such as myself (and I guarantee that you have my source code on your servers), that's OK. I don't mind at all. But if you're going to then insult us, grow up.