The majority of open source projects fail. This chapter presents one such project as a case study, written from the perspective of the sole developer. It charts the various stages of development, from initial motivation and enthusiasm through the later stages of apathy and decline. It deals with many of the problems encountered by a sole developer, and the various approaches undertaken to maintain development momentum. This chapter provides anecdotal evidence as opposed to statistical analysis, giving an individual’s perspective on the development life cycle of an open source project, illustrating real world barriers to development and the typical issues that can stall a project.
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Sulayman K. Sowe
Martin Michlmayr, Gregorio Robles, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona
Michael Weiss, Gabriella Moroiu
Andrew Schofield, Grahame S. Cooper
Ruben van Wendel de Joode, Hans de Bruijn, Michel van Eeten
Anas Tawileh, Omer F. Rana, Wendy Ivins, Stephen McIntosh
Benno Luthiger, Carola Jungwirth
Kris Ven, Dieter Van Nuffel, Jan Verelst
Francesco Di Cerbo, Marco Scotto, Alberto Sillitti, Giancarlo Succi, Tullio Vernazza
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