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Advogato.org: Extreme Programming and Open Source Software

Nov 14, 2000, 08:14 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew McKinlay)

"These are two of the hottest topics in software development today. How do they fit together? This is an important question to me, since at Suneido we are trying to embrace both. Here is my look at each of the elements of Extreme Programming (XP) and how they fit with Open Source Software (OSS). If you don't know about XP there should be enough here to introduce you, and to perhaps interest you in looking into it further...."

"XP assumes you have a customer (or a proxy) as part of the project. OSS projects generally don't have a well defined "customer". Nor is there a single voice for their users. Instead, OSS projects tend to be guided by a combination of the vision of their key developers, and the "votes" of their other developers and users. And of course with OSS, if anyone wants something badly enough they can always write it themselves!..."

"A broad interpretation of "open source" would say that by definition the code is open to everyone. But in XP collective ownership means anyone canchange any part of the project - programmers are not restricted to a certain area of expertise. Most large OSS projects have some restrictions on who is allowed to make changes directly, and what process is required for others to submit changes. This is necessary because of the large numbers ofcontributors. XP is generally aimed at teams of 10 programmers or less."

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