3rd Party Tools
Third party tools are separate software entities that can boost existing or customized software capabilities. Amadeus Consulting has extensive experience with third party tools that are not only proven in the marketplace, but significantly reduce development time and customer's overall costs. Amadeus Consulting brings extensive knowledge of how to integrate these reliable tools while also creating a customized software experience.
There are thousands of third party tools and open source libraries making it hard to determine which ones are right for your application, how much they cost and what licensing restrictions must be followed. Amadeus Consulting has experience with most of the popular controls and libraries available. We will review with you the advantages and disadvantages of each including cost and licensing.
3rd Party Tools Explained
- Why would a company want to use a 3rd party control? Third party controls offer deep functionality for a relatively low cost. Some 3rd party controls have entire teams working non-stop and it would be impossible to imitate that depth of functionally for the price.
- Why would a company want to use open source libraries? There are numerous examples of successful open source software projects. Some of the best known open source projects include FireFox, SourceForge and Wikipedia. Although most development projects will not leverage an entire project there are endless numbers of open libraries available for consumption. They cost nothing but the knowledge required for implementation is significant.
- What are the risks of using a 3rd party control? 3rd party controls, just like any other programming tool, have nuances and if those nuances are not well understood it may lead to performance and reliability issues. But unlike most programming tools source code is not always available for debugging which adds additional risk. Amadeus developers and architects are skilled in advanced debugging and troubleshooting techniques designed to mitigate this risk.
- What are the risks of using open source code? The largest risk with open source code is not technical but rather legal. Depending on how your application will be used, sold and your intentions on patenting your work, open source will introduce an additional step of a legal review. Additionally using multiple open source systems, each having its own licensing model, can cause conflicts between different open source projects.