Some opensource programming
While doing opensource programming, one must also make sure that the software has a dynamic decision making structure, this is done so as to allow maximum number of people to help in developing the software. The concept of allowing as many people as possible to participate in opensource programming is called the bazaar structure. Furthermore, an opensource software should be modular in design so as to allow parallel developments side by side.
Opensource programming follows the tenets of the open source movement which started forming sometime during the middle of the 1980’s. Keeping that in mind, opensource software are ideally meant to be: affordable, transparent, eternal and localized. Most opensource softwares are released in several versions, or at least a minimum of two. One of these is the more stable version which will have lesser features, while the other will be a development version, also known as a buggy version, which will have all the newer features even if they are not tried and tested.
A must do for anyone who intends to broach into the field of opensource programming, is having enough knowledge about aspects like coding conventions, patch submissions, bug tracking, user troubleshooting issues, methods for version control and feature requests. Not only that, but an opensource programmer should also constantly horn his skills by participating in discussions and forums.