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John Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
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MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:45:38 -0500
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Is MASON core cathedral-style by choice, or have there been few submitted

Regardless, your "honest" answer seems more relevant, and is certainly

Thanks for the quick response.

On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM, Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> John, I totally understand where you're coming from.  But here's the
> thing: MASON is largely coded cathedral-style.  The overwhelming majority
> of the code is presently written by me or by a small coterie of coders here
> at GMU.  This may not always be the case but it has been for the last many
> years.  And distributed VCSes are useful for bazaar projects, but they pose
> very few advantages, and indeed a number of disadvantages, for cathedral
> projects.
> But in honest the big reason is: I just can't be bothered to pick up
> Mercurial at this time, much less git.  It's just too many neurons which I
> could be spending on other causes.  SVN has served our purposes pretty well
> and we've resisted the occasional calls to jump to something else (and at
> any rate if we did jump, it'd probably be to mercurial, given that hg is
> better supported on google code).
> That being said, if the community changed and we had a lot more
> contributors doing contrib packages which required tight integration with
> the system, then branching would become a bigger deal.  But it's not
> happened yet.
> Sean