Distributed Development of Open Source Projects
Date and Time
Wednesday, July 21, 1999 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Patrick McManus - mcmanus appliedtheory com
Tools for open-source programming teams
Patrick discusses methodologies for distributed development, with a focus on tools like cvs, lxr, and bonsai. He details a typical development model used by many open-source projects, and compares these tools with alternatives such as rcs, sccs, and ClearCase. LXR, the "Linux Cross Reference" browser, is a general hypertext cross-referencing tool, originally developed to make it easy to browse the Linux kernel source. CVS, the "Concurrent Versions System", maintains an archive of software revisions and enables developers cattered by geography or slow modems to function as a single team. Bonsai is a tool for controlling trees within CVS.