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Defect handling mechanisms in various open source projects

Awang Abu Bakar, Normi Sham (2011) Defect handling mechanisms in various open source projects. In: Malaysian Open Source Conference (MOSC 2011), 2-3 July 2011, Penang, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Open source projects mostly depend on user feedback to help improve the quality of the developed systems. Similar to other software products, the quality of open source products is related to the number of defects. Products with fewer defects are generally considered to possess higher quality than those with more. In the open source context, defects are located and fixed with the contribution of a large community. The common belief is that open source product quality benefits from this “many eye balls” aspect accompanied with extensive field testing. A survey was conducted to understand defect handling mechanism in selected open source projects and compared the particular approaches taken in different projects. The respondents consisted of the individuals who contributed to 20 medium and large open source projects. The aim of this work is to investigate how the open source developers handle defects with regard to recording, tracking, and resolving these defects. The findings show that consistency of defect recording, completeness of defect records, or even the concept of defect can vary from project to project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 3509/16004
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Computer Science
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Normi Sham Awang Abu Bakar
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2012 14:49
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2012 14:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/16004

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