Understanding the Open-Source Software Development Process: A Case Study with CVSChecker

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ConferenceProceedings of the First International Conference on Open Source Systems, July 11-15, 2005., Genoa, Italy
AbstractThe open-source process model is emerging as a new lightweight paradigm for software development and has already produced several successful products. This process is fundamentally different from more traditional analysis- and design-driven processes, which raises a set of interesting research questions: what activities are carried out in open-source projects and by whom? Are there typical or exceptional patterns? CVSChecker is a tool designed to analyze the performance of individual developers and the work-distribution patterns of teams based on historical source-code repository data. In this paper, we report on a case study conducted using CVSChecker to examine a small open-source project. We discuss the insights that the CVSChecker analysis produced regarding this project and compare them to results from previous case studies performed with senior student teams.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47453
NPARC number5763725
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