Facebook is no stranger to the world of open source. In fact, the developers behind the larger-than-life social media platform make their source code publicly available regularly. As such, Web developers beyond the walls of the Facebook headquarters benefit from the innovative technology produced by the social media giant and use it to improve or expand upon their own open source projects.

Most recently, Facebook released the source code for its new static analyzer dubbed “Facebook Infer.” This platform will aid fellow Web developers detect bugs within insufficiently produced source code. For instance, the Facebook Infer platform, when deployed, will automatically scan a developer’s source code and alert the creator of unforeseen vulnerabilities. With such assistance from the analyzer, software innovators will be able to resolve any shortcomings in their products before market release. In this way, Facebook code developers are helping their fellow technologists produce better software, faster.

One of the greatest advantages touted by users of open source software is its ability to speed up time to market without reducing product quality. Facebook has proven this point with open source software that, when shared with and subsequently deployed by the greater open source community, has improved both developer productivity and end-user satisfaction.

Furthermore, Facebook’s new bug-detecting platform stands to raise awareness of another important initiative for open source developers and software end users alike: regularly auditing code to mitigate future risks. And while this newly open sourced platform can help prevent unsecure software from going to market in its nascent stage, businesses must still complete due diligence on any open source software they adopt into their IT infrastructure to mitigate future vulnerabilities…

To do so, organizations can seek assistance from open source code auditing service providers to assess vulnerabilities and third-party elements that, otherwise, might not be detected inside the open source software. An open source license management platform, for instance, can specifically ensure that an organization’s use of open source software is compliant with the software’s licensing guidelines and regulations.

So, let Facebook help with mitigating bugs and vulnerabilities in the beginning stages of software development, and then add a best-in-class open source auditing service to combat potential risks for the rest of the software’s life.

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