The co-evolution of socio-technical structures in sustainable software development: Lessons from the open source software communities

Authors: Marcelo Serrano Zanetti

IEEE (2012)

Abstract

Software development depends on many factors, including technical, human and social aspects. Due to the complexity of this dependence, a unifying framework must be defined and for this purpose we adopt the complex networks methodology. We use a data-driven approach based on a large collection of open source software projects extracted from online project development platforms. The preliminary results presented in this article reveal that the network perspective yields key insights into the sustainability of software development.