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One of the myths about Open Source is that it is unpaid work done in your spare time. This is not always the case: At AOE, we build most of our software solutions based on Open Source, so a big part of our contributions is done during regular working hours. We are continuously improving and adapting the software to meet our customers' needs. Everyone benefits from this approach: the developers, the customers, the Open Source community – and AOE itself. How? Let me show you using the example of the TYPO3 Crawler.
The TYPO3 Crawler is licensed under the terms of Open Source. It is one of the oldest extensions in the TYPO3 eco-system, and I think the oldest created and maintained by AOE. By now, it has more than 150,000 downloads and more than 70 versions released. The first one was released on December 22, 2005. Compared to others, TYPO3 Crawler is a “small” TYPO3 extension. It helps you with different tasks in your TYPO3 CMS:
On November 11, 2018, the TYPO3 9 LTS was added as a requirement for the TYPO3 Crawler extension. The goal: making the Crawler compatible with TYPO3 9 LTS. However, developments in the TYPO3 core have passed the continuing development of the Crawler as the TYPO3 10 LTS was released. Therefore, it was decided to expand the original goal of TYPO3 9 LTS compatibility. The result: The TYPO3 Crawler now not only supports TYPO3 9, but also TYPO3 10 LTS.
The following key changes and improvements were made:
Since the beginning of work in November 2018, there have been
This shows that Open Source work not only helps developers to refine their skills and find better approaches to complex problems, but also makes AOE as a company more competitive: We are in touch with a lot of developers, we learn to view problems from different perspectives and we constantly become acquainted with new technologies and approaches. All of that directly benefits all parties involved: developers, community, clients and AOE itself.
Today, technological openness becomes essential to transform in-house expertise into compelling, marketable and easy-to-use solutions.
User Experience (UX) for industrial software is becoming increasingly important as applications become more complex and digitization advances.