- Facebook has added 54 new open source projects to their portfolio the first six months of 2016, according to a company blog post.
- More than 12 of those projects have more than 500 followers each.
- Christine Abernathy, Facebook's developer advocate, said the company is just getting started when it comes to building open-sources developer tools.
Abernathy said most of the tools Facebook builds today are created with the intention to open source them.
"We know from experience that collaborating with the open source community surfaces new ideas and solutions to the challenges that we face," wrote Abernathy. "To this end, we are continuing to build communities around the projects we open source to ensure that they continue to grow and thrive."
Abernathy pointed to ReDex, a bytecode optimizer that makes Android apps smaller and faster and Draft.js, a React-based rich text editor framework that enables an easier way to customize rich text, as examples of popular open source tools the company recently built.
But Abernathy said Facebook is still just getting started in this area. "We're proud of the work we've done, but we as we like to say, this journey is still only 1% finished," she wrote.
Enterprises are frequently turning to open source and third party software components to decrease the amount of code they have to write, which helps accelerate deployment cycles, according to Sonatype’s 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain released earlier this month. In 2015, developers had 31 billion download requests of open source and third party software components, compared to 17 billion requests the year before, according to analysis from Central Repository.