5 Tips For Choosing The Right Open Source Code

Jonathan Saring, ReadWrite, Jun 08, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Ignore for the moment the fact that this article is about open source code, and pretend it's about open educational resources or something similar. The advice it give becomes spot-on. For example, is it readable? "Readability can be good naming conventions for identifiers, good spacing, clear readable logic, well-understood scopes." Exactly. Is the resource actively maintained? Is it well-tested? Are other people using it? And is it documented? "Documentation makes [resources] much easier to understand, use and modify. It’s also a great indication for the thought and carefulness the developer who wrote the [resource] put into it."
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