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Subject: Re: [boost] Is Boost dead? [Re: Anyone is interested in being review manager of ‘Application’?]
From: Sohail Somani (sohail_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-05-16 20:15:32

On 16/05/2014 7:21 PM, Adam Wulkiewicz wrote:
> Hi,
> Sohail Somani wrote:
>> Moving to git was a smart decision but my personal experience has
>> shown that the current configuration does not encourage forking in a
>> way that makes it easy to contribute.
>> Would anyone know what the rate of incoming patches from outside
>> developers has been since the change? That would be an easy way to
>> tell if it's just me being lazy (probably is).
> I don't understand all of those negative voices. Especially I don't
> understand how contributing can be considered difficult or harder than
> before.
> I'm a contributor at Boost.Geometry and you can believe me or not but
> getting involved in the Boost library development was never easier than
> it is now. In Geometry we already have > 30 pull requests closed. On
> GitHub you can fork one library with one button click, make a change and
> create a pull request (with 2 button clicks and writing a message).
> Reviewing the code is extremely simple, you can discuss about the code
> or make comments about single lines. And working with GIT is a real
> pleasure WRT the SVN. But you even don't need to know how to use GIT
> since the changes can be made directly on GitHub or you can use their
> app on Windows to handle local repos. We have really great tools at hand
> so we should use them.

Obviously Git is better to use than SVN for Boost, there is no argument

Your 30+ pull requests look like they're mostly from the same guy.
That's fine, but not a good enough example of how much easier it has
become to contribute. Time will tell. It's interesting that you're
suggesting a Github-based workflow that wouldn't even require a local
repo. That could be worth a shot next time. How would I maintain my own
personal fork for my projects until the pull request was accepted?

Thanks for your viewpoint.


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