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Re: (Off Topic ) Open Source: The Model Is Broken ??



Tom Horsley wrote:

Even worse, the lack of documentation forms a kind of positive
feedback loop, increasing the feeling that things need to be
rewritten, not because they really need it, but because it is
easier to rewrite than to understand how to modify the existing
code.

I wonder if there is any research or statistical work that looks at the upstream packages in terms of rate of code change, or more specifically at the rate of change of external API's or even non-backwards-compatible changes to those APIs? A rating like that would give a real indication of how much choosing to use such a program is going to cost you in maintenance over time.

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  Les Mikesell
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