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Ohloh – Open Source Code Stats Site

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Glancing through the Handbrake website I noticed an “Ohloh widget” and got curious. So I went over to to see what they did. This was their tagline:

Explore Open Source – Mapping the open source world by collecting objective information on open source projects.

I wanted to see how ohloh worked.. So I went ahead and loaded up Coupa eProcurement Express, my startup’s open source purchasing system. Ohloh scanned Coupa’s subversion repository and generated some stats. Of course, it’s only as good as the data – and since our repository has been moved and regenerated a few times the data wasn’t that great. But it was still very, very cool. I think the site is a nice way for developers to get some detail on open source projects.

You might be wondering what ohloh does with all this project-specific data – and that’s where it gets even more fun. They can look and report on cross-project trends in open source.

For exmaple, here’s a report comparing programming language popularity: C++ vs. Java vs. PHP vs. Ruby.

Cool beans…


Written by Dave Stephens

03/25/07 10:14 PM at 10:14 pm

Posted in Opinion

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