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RE: Subversion Vision and Roadmap Proposal

From: Julian Foad <julian.foad_at_wandisco.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:29:02 +0100

Bolstridge, Andrew wrote:
> > ROADMAP
[...]
> > COMMUNITY
[...]
> > SUMMARY
[...]
> > So what say you?
>
> Well, I (as an outsider to the svn dev community) say great!
>
> My thoughts on this: firstly, to attract more people to the community,
> you need to go where they are. This dev mailing list is all well and
> good for subversion developers, but that's exactly the audience you've
> already got. I think this roadmap/vision/invitation needs to be posted
> elsewhere, even if watered down. If you want suggestions for things to
> add to the roadmap then post to stackoverflow.com and serverfault.com
> and see what the people there come up with (I'll happily create such
> posts if you want me to)

Posting to sites such as those could result in useful feedback. Of
course it also tends to elicit lots of spammy off-topic comments. If
you are prepared to both make the post and summarize the useful bits of
feedback for us, that would be fantastic.

> I think other main issues are:
[...]

> To get new developers, I think the first thing that needs to be done
> is to make entry easier. That means providing a setup ready-to-debug
> for people. The initial hurdle on any software project is getting set
> up (I find) so if you could release a VM image with everything set, or
> a visual studio project with the code and dependencies in there ready
> for someone to press 'compile', then you've made a massive headway to
> helping new devs get going. A pre-built Windows solution would be the
> ideal - if anyone has one already... let us know :) The documentation
> could be better (as always :) ), but getting the code running in a
> debugger is probably documentation enough, especially for a new
> developer who wants to modify things.

That's a very good idea. I wonder if any of our Windows gurus can come
up with a practical way to make a ready-to-build package.

> Good news on this email though, I love subversion and just look
> forward to making it better.

Woderful. What would you like to work on first? :-) (In a new thread
please.)

- Julian
Received on 2010-04-13 12:29:40 CEST

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