Open Source Code

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Recently, twitter opened a portion of its source code to the public, including the algorithm to recommend tweets in users’ timelines.

About Open Source Code:

  • Open source is a term that originally referred to open source software (OSS).
  • Open source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible—anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit.
  • Open-source software is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, relying on peer review and community production. 

What is Source code?

  • It is the set of instructions and statements written by a programmer using a computer programming language.
  • This code is later translated into machine language by a compiler. The translated code is referred to as object code.
  • Source code is the source of a computer program.
  • It contains declarations, instructions, functions, loops and other statements, which act as instructions for the program on how to function.
  • Programs may contain one or more source code text files, which can be stored on a computer’s hard disk, in a database, or printed in books of code snippets.

What is closed-source software?

  • It is software in which the public is not given access to the source code, so they can’t see or modify it in any way.


 Q1) What is Software?

Software is one which comprises the entire set of programs, procedures, and routines associated with the operation of a computer system.

Source: Twitter publicly shares source codes