The cathedral and the bazaar book pdf
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The cathedral and the bazaar
I anatomize a successful open-source project, fetchmail, that was run as a deliberate test of some theories about software engineering suggested by the history of Linux. I discuss these theories in terms of two fundamentally different development styles, the "cathedral" model, representing most of the commercial world, versus the "bazaar" model of the Linux world. I show that these models derive from opposing assumptions about the nature of the software-debugging task. I then make a sustained argument from the Linux experience for the proposition that "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow," suggest productive analogies with other self-correcting systems of selfish agents, and conclude with some exploration of the implications of this insight for the future of software. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
Raymond on software engineering methods, based on his observations of the Linux kernel development process and his experiences managing an open source project, fetchmail. It examines the struggle between top-down and bottom-up design. The illustration on the cover of the book is a painting by Liubov Popova titled Composition with Figures and belongs to the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The essay contrasts two different free software development models:. The essay's central thesis is Raymond's proposition that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" which he terms Linus's Law : the more widely available the source code is for public testing, scrutiny, and experimentation, the more rapidly all forms of bugs will be discovered. In contrast, Raymond claims that an inordinate amount of time and energy must be spent hunting for bugs in the Cathedral model, since the working version of the code is available only to a few developers. Raymond points to 19 "lessons" learned from various software development efforts, each describing attributes associated with good practice in open source software development: .
This directory gives you access to almost all of the contents of my evolving book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Enjoy — but be aware that I have sold O'Reilly the exclusive commercial printing rights. The papers composing this book like their topic are still evolving as I get more feedback. I made extensive revisions and additions for the first edition of the book The Cathedral and the Bazaar , and expect to continue adding and revising in future editions. Even if you've heard me do the stand-up version, you may want to reread it.