89% of developers agree that Java would not be as commonly used today if it had not been free for re-use from the start.
Today the Developers Alliance and NDP Analytics released a new report, "Quantifying Risks to Interoperability in the Software Industry," that found the negative economic impact of threats to interoperability in the home and auto IoT space alone could exceed $77 billion in economic productivity over the next eight years. Building barriers and allowing companies to license and restrict access to programming languages will fracture the market, increase security risks, harm developers, and jeopardize those economic gains.
Near the end of the survey, we asked developer and publishers for advice they would want to pass to the platforms they work with. What was instructive in their comments was that no one said they wanted a handout. There weren’t complaints about bigger businesses, or the competition for time and resources where they are frequently deprioritized. There weren’t requests for special favors or “fairer” treatment. They believe the system in which they operate is working, not in need of overhaul.