Software Metadata Standards Wrap Up Bigger Connections.

You8217re in the news. But not with the headline you want.

You8217re not getting attention because of your choice of text editor or the number of spaces you use to indent code blocks. However motivating those preferences are for you and me the non-technical world sees them as private choices. You find your code in the headlines for a different and unpleasant reason open source dependency management.

We have dependencies of course because we know not to 8220reinvent the wheel8221 instead we software experts re-use the implementations others have created. However when done poorly dependency management introduces more risk and degrades the quality of your application. For example failure to comply with license requirements might be the problem. Even worse the absence of a license tied to a component you embedded in your application. In both cases there are potential legal implications.

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