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UNDERSTANDING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Joseph Feller & Brian Fitzgerald

"

This book is not the last word; last words are about dead things, and

Open Source development is quite lustily alive. But it is an important

step along the way, answering some questions and raising others that

will continue to be live and fruitful research topics.

Welcome to the conversation..."

From the foreword by Eric S. Raymond

 

Propelled by headline products such as Linux and Apache, the development and manufacture of Open Source Software (OSS) has become a multi-billion dollar industry in recent years. Unsurprisingly, much has been written about this phenomenon, but the central issues involved are too often obscured by myth, misunderstanding, and partisan opinion. In Understanding Open Source Software Development, Joseph Feller and Brian Fitzgerald have assembled the first complete and objective synthesis of the available literature, offering a unique one-stop reference for developers, researchers, managers and anyone else needing to grasp the key issues about OSS.

The book addresses the fundamental questions of "what, why, when, where and how" the Open Source process has been able to produce category -killing software without the support of a traditional software engineering environment and without the support of a traditional software company's marketing machine. In doing so, the authors provide:

  • An understanding of the Open Source Definition and the major Open Source Licences;
  • A context for OSS in the history of software development;
  • An analytical framework fordescribing and understanding the OSS phenomenon;
  • A roadmap of the key organizations and projects involved in OSS;
  • An exploration of what motivates the adoption of OSS products, processes and business models;
  • A critical discussion of the strengths, weaknesses and paradoxes of OSS development.

Understanding Open Source Software Development is complemented by the Open Source Resources portal at tuxedo.org/?esr/



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Even China views Open Source Software such as Linux as a way to break Microsoft's monopoly. In a balanced analysis from outside of the OSS culture, Feller and Fitzgerald (both at U. College-Cork, Ireland) define what makes a system open source; provide a multi-disciplinary critique of the strengths, shortcomings, and future of this increasingly popular approach to developing software; and profile commercial OSS companies. Well-referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201734966
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joseph Feller is a College Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College Cork. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor at the Ringling School of Art and Design, in Florida. He was awarded the PhD by National University of Ireland, University College Cork.
Dr. Brian Fitzgerald is a Statutory Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College Cork. He was awarded the PhD by the University of London and has published papers on systems development methodologies in a number of international academic journals, including IEEE Software, Information & Management, Journal of Information Technology, and The Information Systems Journal, and has presented systems development research at over 20 international conferences

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Pt. I Welcome to ObjectLand 1
As Our Story Begins 3
1 A View of ObjectLand 11
2 ObjectLand 35
3 A View of the Tools 49
Pt. II Programming in ObjectLand 81
4 Smalltalk: The Language 83
5 Back to ObjectLand 105
6 Debugging and Testing 119
7 The Class Hierarchy 133
8 Numbers et al. 147
9 Collections 159
10 Booleans and Blocks 181
11 More Blocks 195
12 Files and Streams 207
Pt. III Advanced ObjectLand 221
13 Object-Oriented Thinking and Design 223
14 An Introduction to Morphic 241
15 Morphic Programming 261
Glossary 289
For More Information 297
Index 299
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Preface

This book marks the end of the beginning in our understanding of Open Source development. Until it appeared, all the attempts at a really comprehensive description of the phenomenon had come from Open Source hackers like myself, theorists operating from within the culture we were describing.

We had the advantage of knowing our ground, but the disadvantage of knowing it perhaps too well. There are undoubtedly good questions we would never have thought to ask. That's why I've hoped from the beginning that an analytical literature about open source, independent of the Open Source community itself, would evolve.

While other outside analysts and academics have tackled specific subtopics, Joe Feller and Brian Fitzgerald have given us the first book-length attempt that I am aware of to marshal approaches from multiple disciplines (software engineering theory, sociology, business analysis) into a portrait of the whole.

This book is not the last word; last words are about dead things, and Open Source development is quite lustily alive, But it is an important step along the way, answering some questions and raising others that will continue to be live and fruitful research topics.

Welcome to the conversation!

Eric S. Raymond

http://www.tuxedo.org/?esr/



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