[development] Encouraging Collaboration
dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Sat Nov 19 08:04:01 UTC 2005
>> Correct. Bear in mind that there always have been growing pains, and
>> that there always will be growing pains. It's perfectly normal.
>> What matters is how we counter the growing pains.
> agreed. However as the speed of growth accelerates it will place new
> strains on the community - IMHO.
Sure. As we grow bigger, the challenges we face grow bigger too. It
isn't any different in life. When you are a kid, the challenges you
face look big (eg. making it through high school, getting grades,
breaking up with a girlfriend) but when you reflect on them at later
age, they are peanuts. At later age, you have bigger challenges
(getting a job, running a company, paying a loan, taking care of your
family). It hasn't been any different in Drupal's lifecycle. To me,
growing is learning to deal with bigger challenges (or growing pains).
>> 3. Who is this product for? Drupal is for users who want to setup a
>> website _and_ for developers who need a platform.
> That's reasonable - but pretty ambitious. There aren't many products
> out there that are developers tools as well as non-web developers
> tools. As a matter of fact I can't think of any off hand at all.
> doesn't mean that Drupal can't do it - it just means that it is new
> territory (the fun kind).
I don't think it is ambitious; it is merely logical. If we focus on
making Drupal a great developer platform, then that implies that
other developers use it to make products. If they can or have to
make products using Drupal, we should be able to make a base product
too, shouldn't we? In fact, by making a base product, we get better
understanding of the shortcomings. Furthermore, by being (or
attracting) both users and developers we have our own feedback loop.
As you said, it makes for a much more interesting situation and a
diverse community. I'd say that is how most -- if not all -- open
source communities work so there are actually plenty of examples out
(It is also why I fundamentally disagree with the stuff Ber wrote
about making a choice and giving up one aspect.)
Dries Buytaert :: http://www.buytaert.net/
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