Joel On Software: The Economics of Open Source

Earlier this week I wrote about a podcasted lecture by Clayton Christensen called Capturing The Upside, in which he explained in understandable terms the concepts of commoditization and decommoditization.

Well, I’ve hit Chapter 40 of the Joel On Software book and lo and behold, another lesson on these concepts appears. Joel Spolsky does a really good job of explaining these concepts and applying them to Open Source in his article Strategy Letter V – The Economics of Open Source.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m getting a ton of value out of this book. I highly recommend it. This has been one of those books that have been very hard to set down once I pick them up.

You can buy Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by clicking on its title, or going directly to Amazon.