Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Quality of Many Eyes


Linux kernel development model implies that the developers can't directly add their changes to the main code branch, but publish their changes. Other developers can review and provide comments, and, more importantly, there is a dedicated person who reviews all the changes, asks for corrections or clarifications, and finally incorporates the changes into the main code branch. This model is extremely rare in producing commercial software, and in the open source software world only some projects use it. Linux kernel has been using this model from the beginning quite effectively.
Raise your hand: Who's doing code-reviews? Who's doing pair-programming?

1 comment:

ha-nocri said...

a hand risen:)

a bit off: could you pls share Lajos's e-mail with me? I knew him in a previous life in Budapest and sometimes feeling the lack of him;)