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Intuit launches open source community

Intuit on Monday announced the out-of-beta launch of code.intuit.com, an open-source community where users can share information to enhance SaaS applications via the Intuit Partner Platform.

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What good is an open-source platform without a community of developers who can interact with each other and the company via a forum for sharing toolkits, tips, documentations and more?

Intuit, the makers of popular Quicken and Quickbooks software, today announced the out-of-beta launch of code.intuit.com, an open-source community where users can share information to enhance SaaS apps via the Intuit Partner Platform, announced last month.

In its blog post, the company said:

code.intuit.com is next step to developing an open small business ecosystem and we believe that by adopting the open source model for the Intuit Partner Platform, we're enabling developers to collaborate with us to enhance their applications and the platform and Small businesses will benefit from a better SaaS experience with Web applications that work together and solve real business needs.

The company previously announced Federated Applications, which allows developers to use any programming language, host those apps on any cloud infrastructure and connect them to the IPP, marketing them to the millions of small businesses that use Intuit products.

6 comments
Justin James
Justin James

Unless I am misreading it, it looks like Intuit is trying to create an "open source style community", without actually having anything be open source. Am I mistaken? J.Ja

robertstacylarson
robertstacylarson

There are a number of projects with source that are released under the Common Public License. Others are in incubation and will be released soon. robert at code.intuit.com

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Sort of like an 'open source' excel macro club. :) I can see some potential value, but it's going to be slow going. If they get buy in, it's presumably from their customers using the community as a vehicle to persuade Intuit tro expose and amplify functionality that they can knit together in an efficient and value adding fashion. Hence no chance of success, unless Intuit choose to be persuaded. If it takes off they could get a lot out of it, but open source is about contribution, if you don't contribute, you get what other people want.

Justin James
Justin James

Robert - Thanks for the response. How much of that is code that Intuit has created and released as open source? J.Ja

robertstacylarson
robertstacylarson

For a number of reasons, we don't support anonymous SVN access today. So you need to have an account and sign in to get to the code. This includes using viewSVN on the web site. -robert

robertstacylarson
robertstacylarson

Hi As of today, almost all of the code on code.intuit.com is Intuit created and open sourced. There are a few exceptions. We host one of the Ely Greenfield's Quitly Scheming components, we have an initial Ruby SAML gateway from Vertical Response and a very cool Ruby toolkit that is developed by Gareth Lewis. We have been working under the radar for a few months, so other than by invitation we have not actively recruited other developers. Until now :-). Also, we plan to contribute new open source projects as we go. Robert