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University of Limerick

1. Stol, Klaas-Jan. Supporting product development with software from the bazaar.

Degree: 2011, University of Limerick

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THERE ARE VARIOUS scenarios for a software development organisation to adopt Open Source Software (OSS). One scenario is the adoption of OSS products in order to integrate them as components into a final software product. Another scenario is the adoption of OSS development practices within the confines of an organisation; this is called “Inner Source”. In both cases, the software product that is developed is used in component-based software development (CBSD) to build large-scale products. Also, in both cases, such software is developed by a “community”, or using Raymond’s metaphor, in a “bazaar”. In the first case, the bazaar is external, and in the second case the bazaar is internal to the organisation. Both scenarios have been reported as providing benefit to organisations. However, little research has been conducted to identify and document the challenges that practitioners may encounter in these two scenarios. The research in this thesis is divided into two strands, one for each scenario. The first research strand consists of a systematic identification of challenges in using OSS in product development. One of the most frequently reported challenges is the evaluation and selection of components. This was followed by an analysis of existing OSS evaluation methods proposed so far. These methods seem to pay little attention to a product’s software architecture, which has been identified as a critical success factor in CBSD. To gain insight whether or not practitioners are, in fact, interested in architectural knowledge (AK) of an OSS product, an empirical survey was conducted. One of the findings was that practitioners are interested in certain cases in a component’s architectural patterns. Since there exists no guidance to identify architectural patterns (as opposed to design patterns), the thesis proposes a process to guide the task of identifying architectural patterns in an OSS product. The research continued by investigating the second scenario, which is Inner Source. This strand of research started with an investigation of challenges at an Inner Source organisation. These challenges were categorised and compared to the challenges identified for the external bazaar. This was followed by a literature-based framework that an organisation may use to assess its fit with Inner Source. In summary, by identifying and documenting challenges and needs, and by proposing guidance to practitioners, the contributions of this thesis support product development with software from the bazaar.

ICRSET grant RS/2008/134

SFI grant no 03/CE2/I202_1

Advisors/Committee Members: Ali Babar, Muhammad, Avgeriou, Paris, Fitzgerald, Brian.

Subjects/Keywords: software deveopment; open source software

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APA (6th Edition):

Stol, K. (2011). Supporting product development with software from the bazaar. (Thesis). University of Limerick. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1825

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Stol, Klaas-Jan. “Supporting product development with software from the bazaar.” 2011. Thesis, University of Limerick. Accessed August 20, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1825.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Stol, Klaas-Jan. “Supporting product development with software from the bazaar.” 2011. Web. 20 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Stol K. Supporting product development with software from the bazaar. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Limerick; 2011. [cited 2019 Aug 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1825.

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Council of Science Editors:

Stol K. Supporting product development with software from the bazaar. [Thesis]. University of Limerick; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1825

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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