Re: FIXimate download link missing
Russell Curry / Assimilate Technology, Inc. <>
16 Dec 2011 9:43AM ET
> Hi Russ,
> I do not think it is fair to say that FPL is "hiding everything behind a pay wall". All FIX protocol standards (FIX, FIXML, FIXatdl, FAST) are open and available to anybody. That will not change.
I meant that in the context of this thread - e.g. a discussion regarding all of the resources that FPL does restrict access to, not just the regular standards documents, which, as you say, the FPL does publish for free.
I guess my point is that there are plenty of people who would gladly contribute to the development of more resources around FIX, and if, as you say, the FPL truly desires to do "much more" in the context of new resources related to FIX, it would make more sense to open up access to those resources, rather than restricting it.
Opening up access to these things would not impact FPL's ability to finance itself through membership dues - not if you look at how many other standards bodies work. The whole point of a membership in a standards organization is usually related to having an opportunity to participate in elections, shape the continuing development of the protocol, and so on and forth.
Take the FIX repository, for example - you mention MDA (model driven architecture) as being valuable to various firms, which it may well be, but where are the great MDA tools for FIX? If access to the repository were more open, you'd see a lot more tools and resources being developed around it...