[development] Code duplication, collaboration, and sandboxes. Oh my! (was: Custom Theme Settings)

John drupal.user at albin.net
Sun May 13 01:54:23 UTC 2007

On May 12, 2007, at 8:06 AM, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> How can this be controlled?  What methods could be put into place  
> to help reduce the duplication?  Self policing doesn't work well  
> for these situations.  We need some stronger methods to control the  
> desire to create YA module of the same function.

Actually, Frederic and I exchanged about 4 emails on April 8  
regarding the 2 themesettings modules. But it seems he has  
forgotten.  So self policing actually did work in this situation; we  
were both aware of each other's code and I invited him to  
collaborate.  I agree with Earnie that 2 YA-solution _projects_ are  
indeed a problem, but 1 project and 1 sandbox module... not so much.

Collaboration & the sandbox:
What are the uses of the CVS sandbox? If the sandbox is supposed to  
be a place where people can collaborate before a project is created,  
perhaps a CVS repository associated with the groups.d.o website would  
be more useful.

Code duplication:
Perhaps it needs to be a requirement that module developer's announce  
their project on this list BEFORE any code becomes public on the d.o  
website.  I'm not sure how we could enforce that requirement, but  
perhaps just documenting it in the appropriate places in the handbook  
would be enough.

Any other suggestions?

  - John

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