Subject: Re: rocket science
From: "Forrest J. Cavalier III" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 22:13:29 -0500

Tom Lord wrote:

>    Look at how many people expose their process and bug tracking via
>    sourceforge now.  A lot of packages there don't use it to full
>    profit, but 5 years from now, I
>    expect that to have improved. 
> How, exactly?  

There is no "exactly" here.  All progress is haphazard.

Sourceforge is more than a web host for code publishing.  The underlying
message is that sustainable value in software development comes from
creating a good development process, not churning out lines of code.

That's the nail on the head for quality and CMM. The whole world is
getting smarter.

Sourceforge is a toy for most developers there, the way Trash-80's
and Apple II's were for us.  "Horse-refuse"?  That's OK. The general
awareness rises based on what is available.  Software is not different
than adoption of better methods in other fields....medicine, electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, civil government.
Every progress starts out here and there, then turns into something
expected everywhere as the ideas spread.

You write like FOSS and proprietary developers are forever segregated.

What evidence do you have that good practices and skills won't
cross-over when they are needed/relevant?