Posted June 29, 2023 | Updated July 5, 2023
An open standard is a standard that is publicly available, and developed, approved, and maintained via a collaborative and consensus-driven process.
This process ensures that any and all alterations are the result of a democratic decision, which seeks to represent the best interests of the global development community, not a single corporate entity. Through a series of stages, proposals for new features are meticulously reviewed, tested, and modified until they are ready for integration into the language.
This democratic, community-driven process is both a blessing and a curse, as we will explore in the next sections.
The Benefits of an Open Standard
However, Node.js did more than that.
This demonstrates the power of community-driven development in shaping the evolution of a programming language but this doesn't come without its challenges.
Addressing the Disadvantages of the Open Standard
An example of this is the multitude of state management libraries in the React ecosystem - Redux, MobX, and the Context API, among others. Each of these tools can be used to accomplish similar goals, but their coexistence can lead to confusion for developers deciding on the most suitable tool for their projects. This fragmentation makes it challenging for developers to choose the right tools for their projects, and can even lead to compatibility issues.