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Old 12-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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What we learned open sourcing a major part of Mailgun


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A few weeks ago, we open sourced Flanker, our MIME parsing and email validation library. We’ve been very happy about the release and the level of interest the Python community has shown.

Open sourcing software may seem easy, but it’s more complex than just throwing your software on Github and calling it a day. In fact, we were surprised by some of the challenges we ran into and wanted to provide some insights into the process to hopefully help other developers planning on open souring their own code. To that end, here’s how we did it and what we learned.

1. Open sourcing more than we originally intended
2. Making Flanker more modular
3. Integrating the open source code back into Mailgun
4. Legal considerations
5. “Beta testing” before open-sourcing
6. Documentation.

So that’s what we’ve learned open sourcing Flanker. While it ended up being a lot of work, it was a cathartic process and we look forward to reaping the benefits in the future.
More at the Mailgun Blog...

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