Back in 2015, Apple bought FoundationDB, a NoSQL database company. It created a distributed database of the same name designed to deal with large masses of structured data across clusters of servers. In a recent development, Apple has shared the FoundationDB core and turned it into an open source project.
It’s important to note that, over the years, FoundationDB has established itself and is actively being developed. “By open sourcing FoundationDB, our goal is to build an open community,” the announcement post said.
For those who don’t know, FoundationDB is what iCloud uses to sync and store tons of data. That’s why it makes perfect sense for the system to be highly scalable and designed from the ground up. It’s used by several other companies as well.
After this change, it goes without saying that all the development and other work will be done publicly. The project developers have already outlined a process document for better transparency and help the community members gain power in the decision-making process.
As the FoundationDB code is available on GitHub, you can make a contribution to the project, grab it for your personal use, and share it with others.
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