Make Open Easy

Dan Bentley (Google)
Tools & Techniques
Location: D138
Tags: google, oss, process
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Google’s released a huge amount of open source code. But we’ve heard from developers that it was a pain to create new releases of the actively-developed internal code. Make Open Easy is our response: tools and idioms to help maintain open source code that is embedded in a larger code base.

The tools perform such tasks as:

  • push a codebase to a source control system
  • import changes made to the public codebase
  • maintain these slightly-different codebases in correspondence with each other
  • alert developers when there are changes waiting to be pushed

I’ll also show projects we’ve moved to this system, and how they’ve changed their development process in response.

Dan Bentley


Dan Bentley’s a software engineer in Google’s Open Source Programs Office.

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