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ISRN Software Engineering - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 535724, 10 pages -

Research ArticleINSIGHT, NUI, Galway, Ireland

Received 31 August 2013; Accepted 17 November 2013; Published 19 January 2014

Academic Editors: Y. Dittrich and Y. K. Malaiya

Copyright © 2014 Aftab Iqbal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


OSS projects are dynamic in nature. Developerscontribute to a project for a certain period of time and laterleave the project or join other projects of high interest. Hence,the OSS community always welcomes members who can attainthe role of a developer in a project. In this paper, we investigatecontributions made by members who have attained the role ofa developer. In particular, we study the contributions made bythe members in terms of bugs reported, comments on bugs,source-code patch submissions, and their social relation withother members of an OSS community. Further, we study thesignificance of nondevelopers contribution and investigate ifand to what extent they play a role in the long-term survivalof an OSS project. Moreover, we investigate the ratio ofcontributions made by a member before and after attainingthe role of a developer. We have outlined 4 research questionsin this regard and further discuss our findings based on theresearch questions by taking into account data from softwarerepositories of 4 different Apache projects.

Author: Aftab Iqbal

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