[development] Distributed Pairprogramming for Drupal

Mori Sugimoto foss at diasporan.net
Wed Oct 14 13:21:37 UTC 2009

Sounds very interesting :)
What's the overhead like? Would it be smaller than that of VNC, as you
are essentially only sending text back and forth?

When both parties save an edited file, does it get stored in the local
workspace as usual? Wouldn't it cause conflicts if you are using version


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

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