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One Approach To Open Source Code Contribution and Testing 83

An anonymous reader writes "Brian Aker, one of the core developers of MySQL, has written up a lengthy blog on how the Drizzle fork is handling both its code contributions and its testing. He has listed the tools they use and how they work with their processes. He also makes an interesting statement about the signing of corporate code-contribution agreements and how there are some, including Rasmus (creator of PHP), who refuse to sign them."
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One Approach To Open Source Code Contribution and Testing

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  • Re:Really? (Score:5, Funny)

    by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @04:18PM (#28214415) Journal

    There are number of sad, pathetic people out there who, having no lives to speak of, being universally reviled by their parents, peers and people of the opposite sex, replace those normal human desires with an obsession for trolling various groups. In a proper world, these people would be given plenty of counseling, drugs to stabilize their deteriorating mental condition and rehabilitated so that they could become useful members of society. In our world, however, they should have a two hundred pound lead weight tied to their ankles, and then dropped over the nearest bridge.

  • by Xtifr ( 1323 ) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @07:41PM (#28216695) Homepage

    I refused to sign an all-your-code-belongs-to-us agreement at my current employer, and almost didn't get the job because of it.

    They almost always have a place for you to fill in exemptions for code/inventions you already owned before coming to work for them. As a Debian developer, I always just fill in "Debian GNU/Linux" in the exemption spot, and no one has ever objected, despite the fact that that's a hole big enough to drive a dozen web servers, eight web browsers, thirty-two Content Management Systems, four word processors, seventy-five programmer's editors, nine complete GUI toolkits, thirty-six programming languages, four hundred and seventy three games of varying quality, twenty-one window managers, forty-five email clients, a partridge in a pear tree*, and Goddess knows what else through. I used to try to explain the truly massive implications of those three simple words, but everyone (HR, manager or engineer) always said, "that's fine, we don't have a problem with it", so I stopped bothering.

    Of course, it may help that I'm in California where employee rights laws are generally pretty strong.

    * all numbers just guesses--I actually think that Debian may have three partridges in pear trees somewhere in its repositories.

  • by Jacques Chester ( 151652 ) on Thursday June 04, 2009 @10:07PM (#28217685)

    I believe it's meant to be a pun on "cloud computing". So it'll seem especially stupid in 12 months from now when "dust storm 3.0" is the Next Big Thing.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"