[OpenLayers-Dev] Are there enough OpenLayers committers? (Was Re: Different lon and lat map resolution (and other issues))

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Fri Nov 2 18:59:49 EDT 2007

On Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 11:40:24PM +0100, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
> Hi,
> thanks for this comprehensive explanation. I would like only add this
> small comment: In GRASS, more then 30 developers do have cvs write
> access. It works. People are respecting each other's work, if somebody
> breaks something, the change can be reverted (but this does not happen
> too often). It just speeds up the development.

"GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) GRASS has been
under continuous development since 1982" --

You're comparing a 25 year old project to an 18 month old project and
wondering why we have fewer developers? If OpenLayers continues to grow
at the same rate it has (gaining 4 new developers, and losing one, over
18 months) by the time it's as mature as GRASS, we'll have 57 core
committers. Given that, I think the comparison is slightly unfair.

OpenLayers is a *very young* project. We're still the newest kid on the
block. You can't expect the same from it that you can from a project
like GRASS -- that's just an example of unreasonable expecations.  

In time, the project committers list will grow, as more and more
developers become competent enough with the code base to demonstrate the
ability to become core committers.   

Christopher Schmidt

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