Monday, May 30, 2005

Is open source contribution R&D?

Looking through som old blog postings done by Martin Fowler (whose posts I find most interesting, both in an academic and practical way), I found this one. I consider building on those thoughts when defending my thesis' approach.

Martin Fowler asks whether open source projects can be actual R&D.

I ask (overstating the problem): Do all the brittle R&D efforts done through students' master thesi need to be 100 pages of paper theory?