[development] Distributed Pairprogramming for Drupal

Eike Starkmann eike.starkmann at fu-berlin.de
Thu Nov 5 11:14:08 UTC 2009

i would like to know if anyone tried Saros and might want to give me a 
There were a couple of people how said that Saros might be useful for 
Drupal development. Perhaps we could try it for the next release.

Greets, Eike

Eike Starkmann wrote:
> Dear Drupal Team,
> My name is Eike Starkmann and I'm working working as part of the Saros 
> Team at the Freie University in Berlin.
> Saros is an Eclipse plugin for collaborative text editing and 
> distributed pair programming, i.e. it allows two or more developers to 
> work together in real-time on the same files. It is similar to Gobby, 
> SubEthaEdit or Google Docs but focuses on programming in Eclipse.
> It is my master thesis to figure out whether Saros is useful when 
> developing Free/Open Source Software. I already was in contact with  to 
> other projects, for example Typo3 and got some good response.
> In my opinion Drupal can benefit from Saros because I think it brings 
> many advantages to Open Source Software development:
> * Distributed Pair Programming is like a live peer review. This should 
> help with finding good design, get rid of bugs, increase readability, etc.
> * Transferring knowledge should be easier to do when more than one 
> person look at and work with the same code. This should also help to 
> give new developers an introduction to the code.
> * In contrast to screen sharing, Saros only shares your actions inside 
> of Eclipse with regards to the project you are both working on (think 
> privacy) and you are still independent to explore the project on your own.
> Saros can be useful in the following contexts:
> * Working on complicated problems in the code
> * Performing code reviews
> * Debugging
> * Code presentation
> * Code sprints
> * Introducing new developers to the project
> * ...
> What do you think? Could you and Drupal benefit from doing pair 
> programming using Saros?
> If you are interested in Saros but still curious about how it works 
> please visit our website or feel free to contact me.
> I hope you will find Saros useful and give me feedback.
> Kind regards, Eike Starkmann
> Website: https://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/w/SE/DPP
> Update Site: http://dpp.sf.net/update
> Saros @ SF: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dpp/
> Programming Languages Supported by Saros : 
> https://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/w/SE/DPPCompatiblePlugin

Eike Starkmann
This message is part of my Master thesis research. Feel free to contact
my advisors in case of inappropriate behavior on my side:
christopher.oezbek at fu-berlin.de and stephan.salinger at fu-berlin.de

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