7 Practical Ways to Use Open Source

Open source was once a small part of the web that was dedicated to Linux and the programming community. But it is now an integral part of many web apps. Open source can help you, whether you are a programmer searching for a solution or site owner looking for some guidance.
With that in mind here are some of the most exciting ways open source technology can be used today.
1. Twitter Bootstrap – Web Design
Twitter Bootstrap, also known as bootstrap, has revolutionized how people design websites. Bootstrap is a collection CSS files that uses media queries to provide built-in responsive support. Bootstrap can be used to create a basic interface if you don’t have the budget to hire a designer. Boottrap is widely used and powers many large, well-designed websites.
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Start training2. AngularJS – Web Design
Google has backed AngularJS — it has a lot to offer, and a lot more eyes. It’s also very popular with front-end developers. Here’s why.
AngularJS is written using JavaScript (as the JS indicates) and takes advantage of many upgrades in HTML5. This allows designers to create interactive websites without having to send data back to the server. AngularJS is most likely used when working on sites with heavy JS frontend designs.
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3. Android – Operating System
Android is often referred to as a Google product. However, it’s actually an Open Source operating system that was used for Google Mobile’s main platform. It’s no surprise that we called Android the biggest open-source gift earlier this week.
Although you might think it’s a Google operating system only, anyone can make Android part of their design. It powers smartphones and mobile devices, and is the main competitor to closed-source iOS. It is not surprising that Android and iOS dominate this market.
4. Mozilla – Browsing
You want to be part of one the most popular browsers available? Mozilla’s developer network and open-source projects are designed to provide users with a great browsing experience and give developers the tools they need to create rich web apps.
Mozilla’s projects include Thunderbird, Firefox, and other services. Mozilla’s flagship browser Firefox, and Thunderbird their email platform.
5. Apache – Server Software
Apache is a web-based/browser web server.
It can be used on both Linux-based and Windows-based servers, although it is more popular with Linux than with Windows. Windows comes with a web server built in, so most Apache systems can run on Linux. Many developers use Apache source code to create plugins or add-ons for the web server.
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6. WordPress – Blog
WordPress is one the most popular web platforms. It powers many blogs and ecommerce stores. WordPress developers made it possible for the platform to be fully customizable. Developers can create themes, plugins and customize WordPress to build powerful websites that run large businesses sites. Guess what the SPOTO blog runs upon?
WordPress is open-source, but it also has an API that allows developers to call certain platform functions. This keeps radical changes from the core.
7. Python – Script Automation
Python is a favorite language of developers. It’s simple to learn and allows you to create scripts to power data collection and automation. Ben Finkel will help you to see it for yourself. It’s also open-source langauge