Rockford Lhotka

Information & Communications Technology

.net core ASP.NET Core CSLA .NET Docker Kubernetes microservices software architecture open source

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Embracing Open Source

In today's world it is virtually impossible to build software without using open source (OSS). Yet most organizations and individuals don't stop to think about the consequences (good and bad) of using OSS, dealing with OSS licenses, or selecting OSS that has long-term viability. Many organizations view OSS as "free", meaning no cost. But that isn't a responsible view for the long term, nor does it fit with the philosophy behind most OSS projects or creators.

In this presentation you will learn how the OSS ecosystem works, and how you as an individual and as an organization can be a responsible and productive member of this ecosystem. As a result, you'll be better able to safely leverage OSS in the short and long term.

Rockford Lhotka

Author, OSS creator, CTO

Rockford Lhotka is CTO and Engineering Guild Leader at Cognizant Softvision, and is the creator of the widely used CSLA .NET open source software framework. He is the author of numerous books, and regularly speaks at major conferences around the world. Rockford is a member of the Microsoft Regional Director and MVP programs. For more information go to

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