Open source collaboration [WAS: Re: Rev vs. AJAX... Ajax vs TAOO]
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat Oct 15 17:40:05 CDT 2005
Alex Tweedly wrote:
> I think it's an interesting characteristic of Rev - there is a huge
> amount freely given "open source" Rev stacks.
> But, as far as I know, there have been few examples of successful,
> completed *collaborative* open source developments in Rev.
The MetaCard IDE has been maintained and enhanced for a few years with
the contributions of more than half a dozen people.
Our "collaboration technology" is pretty simple: email.
We use the MC discussion list to discuss what features to add, find a
person to add them, while that person's working we know not to bother
making changes to that stack, and then the stack is done it's cloned
out, emailed to me, and I clone it back in to the master.
We don't advocate that this is any sort of ultimate solution, even for a
project as small as the MC IDE.
But it may help others considering collaborative projects to remember
that getting work done is not dependent on first setting up some
complicated system to keep track of it all. It's too easy to let
initial enthusiasm get dissipated in that sort of "analysis paralysis".
In many cases it can be more productive to just gather up your
collaborators, look at what needs to be done, and decide who'll do it.
You can solve little things like moving around files and integrating
them into the master build as you go.
That stuff is easy.
The hard part is retaining and utilizing human energy.
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