Re: [unrev-II] Species survival & open source funding etc. (was Re: Intel's new XML network devices)

From: Eugene Eric Kim (
Date: Wed May 10 2000 - 18:47:50 PDT

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    On Wed, 10 May 2000, Jack Park wrote:

    > I believe it is a mistake to assume, at this time, that the "waterfall"
    > methodology is dead for the OHS/DKR project. Extreme programming involves
    > the equivalent of a Darwinian hack and slash approach, one that I do not
    > favor in a project that is as complex and potentially important as this one.

    The waterfall methodology does one thing very nicely: it outlines the
    steps required for developing software. What it does not do is take into
    account truly iterative development or properly model the process of
    software creation. Many methodologies start with the waterfall process
    with modifications to address these problems.

    I don't want to get into a methodology war, and I'm not advocating total
    conformance to the extreme programming methodology. Extreme programming
    requires pair programming, building test modules before code, etc., things
    that are either not feasible or not applicable to our project.

    Nor am I advocating a "hack and slash" approach, with total disregard to
    design, requirements management, testing, etc. What I'd like to see are:

    - Emphasis on building prototypes.
    - Small sets of prioritized requirements per release.
    - Aggressive scheduling -- releasing early and often.

    I think all of these things are beneficial for open source software
    development in general, and especially for what we are trying to achieve.


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