[Mapbender-dev] Mapbender Project Metrics

Melchior Moos nimix at gmx.net
Mon Dec 4 15:35:26 EST 2006

Hi all,

when speaking about making contribution of external developers as easy 
as possible, I would propose to make commitments by writing patches 
possible because I think this is the most simple way to contribute 
liltle changes. People could send them to the dev mailing list (or maybe 
a new list) and someone with svn writing access can integrate or reject 
the patches after having a look over it.
creating a patch is quite simple:
diff -u 'original file' 'file with changes' > file.patch
you can also create patches against svn:
svn diff 'changed file' > file.patch
aplying a patch is also quite easy:
patch -pN < file.patch
where N is the number of leading elements of the path that should be striped


Christoph Baudson schrieb:
> Hi there Arnulf,
> your post is an interesting read. Here's the link to Mapbender at Ohloh:
> http://www.ohloh.net/projects/3712
> At the moment I'm getting some reading done myself and plan to update the
> Wiki-site you mentioned over the next weeks. At the moment I'm reading
> "Code Complete" (see http://www.techbookreport.com/tbr0126.html) which is
> a decent book (although released by Microsoft press, don't shoot me). We
> definitely need coding conventions and additional developer documentation
> like UML diagrams etc. Any input is highly welcome.
> I guess we are low on comments on purpose, as they consume bandwidth. All
> our comments belong in the wiki-site mentioned at the top of each script.
> In Eclipse you can click on these links and view the comments in the
> built-in browser.
> Cheers,
> Christoph
> On Sat, December 2, 2006 7:42 pm, Arnulf Christl wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I added Mapbender to the Ohloh site. It checks through the Source Code
>> repository and analyzes contributor activity, licenes, comment ratio, etc.
>> It is quite an interesting way to put some metrics on a project. In our
>> case we miss the CVS history of Mapbender prior to moving to OSGeo SVN, so
>> the metrics are a little more modest than really should be which is fine,
>> in the end we are a humble crowd.
>> :-)
>> Ahm - while I am at it, there is one line of comment form the analysis bot
>> that I would want to let speak for itself:
>> "The source code has an extremely low number of comments relative to other
>> PHP projects."
>> On the same issue: After crashing my notebook yet again and while setting
>> up eclipse and connecting back in to SVN I noticed that we make it very
>> hard for people to try to join in or contribute code (we do not even have
>> one single page describing how to connect to SVN). We should really
>> improve this. I added one humble paragraph in the probably most crappy
>> page of the whole Wiki:
>> http://www.mapbender.org/index.php/For_developers
>> We are not exactly brilliant here. :-/
>> I don't want to hold you off hacking but maybe we all should go back and
>> read a little more on http://producingoss.com/.
>> Now after ranting a little I go back and wave my hands instead of putting
>> good code into the repository (it is so frustrating to see my contribution
>> to Mapbender code base tend to zero...).
>> Best regards anyway and thanx for all the fish,
>> Arnulf.
>> --
>> Arnulf Christl
>> http://www.ccgis.de
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