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From eric b <>
Subject [Code] strategy for "child works spaces"
Date Fri, 18 Nov 2011 07:56:12 GMT
Disclaimer:  this list is not easy to read, and if the topic was  
already discussed. In this case, thanks in advance to provide me the  
right link :-)


I perfectly know the importance of the IP clearance, but in parallel,  
we'll need to work on the code, say "partialy" (e.g. vcl + sd +  
slideshow only). In OOo we used child work spaces in that purpose,  
but I'm not sure we defined something similar yet with Apache

Obviously, some parts of the IP clearance could be achieved this way  

Thus, my questions are :

- what is the current strategy ?
- how does it work with svn ?  And if there is something existing, is  
the "methodology" available on the wiki ?

To contribute to the debate, I'd suggest several mnimalistic rules :

Methodology :

1. when starting working on a feature, an improvement or whatever,  
create an issue, as "reference" : ( )
2. inform the ooo-dev list with a subject like : [topic] working at  
3. if possible, try to describe the work in progress, on a wiki page.  
Sort of a draft, containing the story, and/or whatever helpfull for  
the developers.
4. (crazy idea) : do an "IRC ClassRoom" around the topic ?  
(questions, ideas, where / what in the code and so on, brainstorming,  
and keep the log)

Some examples from OOo4Kids wiki (to show the principle with the wiki):

- How cursors work in 
- Password protected preferences : 
- Math sources description : 

As you can see, the point is not to write stupid administrative  
specs, but to accompany the feature implementation, and invite to ask  
questions (and answr them if possible). Plus share the knowledge, of  

To improve the commit system :

5. before to commit, the commiter must build and verify the change  
will not introduce a build breaker. Else, inform and ask for a review  
on the ooo-dev list, in case of doubts.

Thanks in advance,
Eric Bachard

Projet OOo4Kids :
L'association EducOOo :
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