Open source at Usable
At Usable we believe in using open source software. Usable Requirements stands on the shoulders of giants.
Open source is the concept that the code that drives a computer application is available to anyone who wants to have a look inside it. Frequently, but not always, open source software is also freely available without requiring any financial payment, although it usually comes with a licence agreement that precludes closing the source and ensures that the code remains free. At Usable we have embraced such software, and happily contribute our fixes and changes back to the community around the apps we use.
We’ve gone further than just the languages and libraries though. Our datastore is MonogDB, a fantastic document database that stores information as objects rather than related columns and fields. This means we can access requirements using a much more logical paradigm than a traditional relational schema – requirements documents are documents after all.
We’re really pleased to use these tools, and we’ll be releasing code and fixes that we’ve built and discovered in the future.