[Python-Dev] A Survey on Defect Management Practices in Free/Open Source Software

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Wed Apr 4 21:34:54 CEST 2007

On 4/4/07, A.M. Kuchling <amk at amk.ca> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 04:07:18PM +1000, Anthony Baxter wrote:
> > This one was at least personally addressed
> > (well, to "Python Contributors"), which is a step ahead of most of
> > them.
> What gets me is that such surveys are invalid because the respondents
> aren't randomly selected -- they're the people who care enough to
> answer.  It would be more efficient and reliable to just go look at a
> sampling of project web sites and look at their bug trackers, but that
> requires effort from the student.
> Recently I was interviewing a student who worked on a project that had
> instrumented an IDE to record every operation (editing, saving, etc.)
> in a database.  I asked "so what did you learn from this data?", and
> was told that no one has analyzed it; they're just *accumulating* the
> data.  It's stamp collecting as computer science.

I am putting way too much effort into my PhD if this kind of stuff can get
me a degree.  =)

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