Saturday, October 13, 2007

Support for OSS Developers

Open Source code development and peer review methodologies necessitate a new understanding of the concept of product support. Rod Johnson knows Spring, but he's not the only guy who can support it. He argues that control over the central source repository puts his company in a unique position, but distributed version control tools like Monotone and Mercurial threaten his espoused concept of centralized ownership.

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yebyen said...

Of course anyone can maintain their own Subversion repository across any code-base for which they have access. Sharing tools like TortoiseSVN helps developers to raise awareness of the issues facing their ilk, but tools like iFolder provide an easier end-user experience for people that simply want to track and share changes across a set of files.

yebyen said...

So the issue here is with keeping your own revisions straight, and ostensibly making yourself look good. If you talk to 200 people in a day, and they all have a different name, then why not call 75 of them Ahmed and 75 of them Fatima? Your life would be much simpler.

yebyen said...

I mean, it's about building a release structure for your home improvements. Every time you make an update, you want to be sure that as many people as possible can track and benefit from the change.

You don't want to hold it in and keep it for yourself, because the minute you learn something new, it will be gone and then who will remind you what you figured out? Hans Reiser is in jail because he took matters into his own hands!

That's why you've got to share, because otherwise you might not remember tomorrow. You don't need an array of disks to keep your data from destruction, just remember to share every now and again. And better yet, make it something easy to pronounce and transcribe. Then it's not some kind of icon that people can barely comprehend.

I think I'm trying to decide if I like Arabic or Chinese better. Write your business plan in Chinese and only the most learned scholars can tell where you're taking their money from.