The problem with FastCGI…

Almost anyone I know who’s deployed a rails app has, at some point, cursed at the mysteries that lie behind FastCGI. Once it’s setup properly it works very well, but debugging the interim steps is a painful rite of passage for rails developers. It’s not so much that any aspect is too tricky – it […]

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New Site Design

We’ve updated the Ohloh site with a newer, fresher design. Beyond improving the aesthetics, we are hoping to make things easier to discover and navigate. Some links have moved around (and a few have disappeared). Highlights of the new design include: No more tiny fonts Related projects are listed on a project page Less visual […]

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New Feature: Stack It!

We’ve introduced a new community feature called “Stack It!” which allows you to browse the open source software actually used by Ohloh visitors. Each Ohloh member has a software stack to maintain. You can add any project to your software stack, and visitors to Ohloh will know that you use that software. We’re excited about […]

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Evaluating Open Source and New Ohloh Feature

I read this post by Seth Gottlieb. Just came across it today. Seth addresses how folks can evaluate open source communities. According to him, one can look at general activity, bug lists, leadership, execution, participation and an economic ecosystem. At first glance that all seems to make sense, especially to a guy who has been […]

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New Open Source Services Coming Online

I read this post on Matt Asay’s Blog this weekend on a new company called SourceKibitzer that collects metrics on about 60 popular open source projects written in Java. This is great news for open source users, as there appears to be more services coming online that aim to make it easier for open source […]

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Source Code Systems & Quality

Robin and I have a recurring debate regarding projects without source control systems. But before I explain the debate, a little background is required (ok, skip the next 2 paragraphs if you must). Ohloh only offers development metrics to projects with openly-accessible source control systems. That way our analyses can go back in time and […]

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The GNOME Report

Periodically, I review the top Ohloh searches to see how we’re doing in terms of covering the projects people are most interested in. [Incidentally, last month’s top searches were for “linux”, “mozilla”, and “drupal”]. We’re doing pretty well, and have managed to cover almost all of the popular projects. One prominent omission is the GNOME […]

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Ads

Frequent Ohloh users will already notice a big change: bigger, more blatant ads. Implementing more ads has been on our todo list for a while, but I kept putting it of – until now. Our beta frontend had a lot more ads and we got some feedback that some of them were too subtle – […]

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Badge Prototype

[Note: This has now shipped] We’ve received requests for an Ohloh “badge” for people to host on their site. Something that would let projects show some very basic stats about their project yet small enough to not take up too much space/bandwidth. I’ve come up with a prototype: This example contains made-up numbers. It basically […]

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PHP Eats Rails for Breakfast

Despite the buzz around sexy new frameworks like Rails and Django, PHP is more dominant than ever. Comment on this article Here at Ohloh we’ve accumulated an enormous database of open source development facts. So far, we’ve indexed over 3,000 projects and 220 million lines of source code. In addition, we’ve followed the history of […]

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