[python-committers] Statistics: growth of core dev number vs growth of the code size/complexity

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Wed Dec 6 18:17:04 EST 2017


I wrote a quick & dirty parser to compute statistics on *new* CPython
core developer per year using the following page as data:

2007: 15
2008: 19
2009: 11
2010: 20
2011: 12
2012: 9
2013: 4
2014: 10
2015: 2
2016: 5
2017: 2

Compare these numbers to Stéphane Wirtel's statistics on pull requests:

=> Number of active core developerson on GitHub pull requests: 27
(stats from February 2017 to October 2017)
(I'm not sure of the meaning of this number, it's the number of core
developer who authored pull requests, I don't think that it counts
core developers who only made reviews.)

If you look at the size of the source code, it's still growing
constanly since 1990:

2007: around 783k lines
2010: around 683k lines
2013: around 800k lines
2015: around 875k lines
2017: around 973k lines

The number of bugs is also constanly growing. Statistics on bugs since 2011:

2011: around 2500 open issues
2013: around 4000 open issues
2015: around 5000 open issues
2017: around 6200 open issues

The size of the CPython project is constantly growing as its
complexity (technical debt? what is this? :-)), but the growth of core
developers is slowing down.

I do consider that we need more people to handle the growing number of
issues and pull requests, so the question is now how to find and
"hire" (sorry, promote) them ;-)

Maybe we have a problem with mentoring. Maybe the CPython code base
became too hard to train newcomers? Maybe we are too conservative? I
don't know.


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