back to article Datadog allegedly asked developer to kill open source data export tool

After a delay of over a year, an open source code contribution to enable the export of data from Datadog's Application Performance Monitoring (APM) platform finally got merged on Tuesday into a collection of OpenTelemetry components. The reason for the delay, according to John Dorman, the software developer who wrote the …

  1. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    I guess we'll never hear the whole story - I wonder how many other people have been pressured to drop such development.

    1. Down not across

      Re: Murky

      Well, that's them on my "Do not use. Do not recommend. In fact recommend to avoid" list then.

  2. Lost Neutrino
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    According to the code's author John Dorman, "Datadog "asked" me to kill this pull request.".

    I would really, really, really love to know what mischievous and underhand threats Datadog made to achieve such leverage against an independent (i.e. not employee of DD) software developer.

    Perhaps they theatened to send in the heavies? Or worse - maybe they threatened to force John to eat the same dog food as Datadog's people?

    Just another cynical company abusing the Open Source space in the name of greed...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Lost Neutrino

      "Greed is eternal." Ferengi rules of acquisition.

      1. Lost Neutrino

        Re: @Lost Neutrino

        And "the way to a Ferengi's heart is through his wallet" - Rule of Acquisition according to Quark

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I suspect

      I suspect that they may have made any commercial agreements with Meta a lot less attractive and they'd have somehow alluded that it would have been because of this.

  3. xyz123 Silver badge

    Any software that locks you into using it due to "data debt" should be avoided from the outset.

    Itunes, Datadog. the list is endless.

  4. Robert Grant

    While I will wholeheartedly endorse DataDog's platform from a technical perspective, dealing with their sales org (in 2021, anyway) left a bad taste in the mouth. It's not surprising other parts of their business are similar.

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