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Swapneel Sheth

Swapneel Sheth is a Lecturer in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania.

His research and teaching interests are Software Engineering, Privacy, and the Web.

Stage 1 Part A

Intro to IRC

Part 1

  1. How do people interact?
    • In an informal manner
  2. What is the pattern of communication?
    • Usually question and answer - somebody has a question or a problem, other tries to help solve it
  3. Are there any terms that seem to have special meaning?
    • The chat bot commands
  4. Can you make any other observations?
    • It's nice to have the meeting transcribed by meetbot in a relatively easy manner, with annotations

Part 3

I've been following the #ushahidi channel periodically, but it seems to have very little activity.

I've looked at other interesting (to me) open-source channels - #rvm, #ruby-lang, #rubyonrails. These are a lot more active and seem to have two kinds of questions.

  1. I'm stuck.. help me with X
    • In this case, people are trying to install/work with some software/framework/library and getting error messages. This seems like a faster, 90s version of StackOverflow for people to get answers.
  2. What is a good way to do X?
    • In this case, people are unsure what's a "good" (optimal, efficient, faster, better) way of doing something - A or B. They want advice from the more-seasoned users in the channel. Comparing to StackOverflow, I see this as a big advantage as something "subjective" is not a good question to ask on StackOverflow.

Anatomy of a FOSS Project

The Sugar Labs Project

  • Community
    1. Activity Team
      • Develops and Maintains the activities; recruits developers
      • There are 2 coordinators and a lot of contributors
    2. Development Team
      • Builds and Maintains the core Sugar Project
      • There is no coordinator and four people (assuming they're contributors?) listed
    3. Documentation Team
      • Provides high quality documentation (learner's manual, programming references, and tutorials)
      • There is no coordinator here as well and two editors with their areas of speciality listed
  • Tracker
    1. Types/Categories of Tickets
      • Defect, Enhancement, Task
    2. Information available for each ticket
      • The usual bug tracking categories - reported by, priority, component, severity, cc, bug status, owned by, milestone, version, keywords, distro/os, description, change history, timestamps
  • Repository
    1. Web-based common repo, but it's git so everything is distributed and everyone has a "local repo"
  • Release Cycle
    1. The roadmap is updated at the start of each release cycle. Each release cycle contains development, beta, RC, final releases.

The Sahana Eden Project

  • Community
  • Tracker
  • Repository
  • Release Cycle
  • Communication
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