10 Tools Developers Need Today
Karl Fogel, QuestionCopyright.org
Date: Friday, July 28
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
- Today's IRC bots are dumb, but we know how to make them smarter.
- Extended patch format for trading traceable changes between different projects that have a common ancestry or that share some code.
- How to improve mailing list usage by better integration with the list archiver.
- Mailing list traffic summaries are too hard to write; the right tools can make them easier.
- Spam filtering techniques that could really reduce the moderation burden on OSS projects.
- Inter-project attribution conventions would make it "much" easier to trace where a given programmer has been active. The Subversion project has started with a rudimentary form of this, but it needs a standardization drive.
- Law as technology: copyright assignment law is currently designed for a world in which people are physically present to sign forms. It's a problem for open source projects, and needs to be solved.
- Deep-referencing into HTML pages is possible, but there is currently no standard for it. If we had a standard and enough browsers (or web servers implemented it), certain kinds of references would be much easier to make.