Accession Number : ADA558874


Title :   Open Source Software Development


Descriptive Note : Article


Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE INSTITUTE FOR SOFTWARE RESEARCH


Personal Author(s) : Scacchi, Walt


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a558874.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 22


Abstract : This article examines and reviews what is known so far about free/open source software development (FOSSD). FOSSD is not the same as software engineering as that is portrayed in common textbooks. Instead, it is a complementary approach to address the many challenges that arise in the development of complex software systems that are often built outside of a traditional corporate software development environment. This article highlights some of the basic understandings for how FOSSD works based on empirical studies of FOSSD projects, processes, and work practices in different communities. This includes identification of different types of informal online artifacts that facilitate and constrain FOSSD projects. This article also identifies what different studies examine as well as the approaches used to sample and systematically study FOSSD. Next, opportunities for constructive crossover studies of software engineering and FOSSD help reveal new directions for further research study. Finally, the last section presents limitations and conclusions regarding studies of FOSSD.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING , CORPORATIONS , LIMITATIONS , ONLINE SYSTEMS , REPRINTS , SOURCES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE