Raging incrementalism: Harnessing change with open-source software

John C. Georgas, Michael M. Gorlick, Richard N. Taylor

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Abstract

Change is a bitter fact of life for system developers and, to a large extent, conventional practices are aimed at arresting change and minimizing its effects. We take the opposite view and are exploring system engineering practices that harness the forces of change for the ongoing, incremental improvement of systems-a view we name raging incrementalism. We harness three powerful forces to ride the waves of change: open-source software, commodity hardware, and web-like, representational state transfer architectures. This paper describes an early experiment in applying raging incrementalism to a complex system: largescale digital video capture, distribution, and archival for launch range operations. We outline the methodology of raging incrementalism, describe the vital role open-source plays in system development and construction, and offer insights on the programmatic consequences of embracing open-source software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)1595931279, 9781595931276
DOIs
StatePublished - May 17 2005
Event5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005 - St. Louis, United States
Duration: May 17 2005 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005

Other

Other5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis
Period5/17/05 → …

Keywords

  • Open source
  • Raging incrementalism
  • Representational state transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Georgas, J. C., Gorlick, M. M., & Taylor, R. N. (2005). Raging incrementalism: Harnessing change with open-source software. In Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005 [1083263] (Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, WOSSE 2005). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/1083258.1083263