What can software engineering students learn from studying open source software?

Carrington, D. A. (2008) What can software engineering students learn from studying open source software?. The International Journal of Engineering Education, 24 4: 729-737.

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Author Carrington, D. A.
Title What can software engineering students learn from studying open source software?
Journal name The International Journal of Engineering Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0949-149X
Publication date 2008-04-25
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 729
End page 737
Total pages 9
Editor M. S. Wald
Levent Yilmaz
Stephen H. Edwards
Place of publication Bantry, Ireland
Publisher Tempus Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
080309 Software Engineering
890299 Computer Software and Services not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
There is a large gap between the scale and complexity of typical software products and examples used in software engineering education. Since complexity is considered an essential property of software systems, this gap creates a problem for software engineering students and educators. Studying open source software can provide software engineering students with realistic and challenging examples and pragmatic instances of abstract concepts such as software design patterns. For software engineering educators, the vast array of freely available software sources allows selection to suit their educational objectives and constraints. This paper reviews how open source software is used in a software engineering studio course and discusses the outcomes from the perspectives of students and educators.
© 2003 IEEE.
Keyword Engineering education
Open source community
Learning environments
Distributed software development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Part 1: Special Issue: Trends in Software Engineering Education; Guest Editors: Levent Yilmaz and Stephen H. Edwards.

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