I hope this is not too much trouble for you but I need your help.
I am an undergraduate computer science student in Italy and as part of our
graduation process we are required to to write a dissertation about some
relevant argument. I have chosen software size estimation. I won't bother
you with details but I need to analyze some open source software to prove my
theory. Among other projects I have also chosen stendhal (there is a bit of
confusion as to what it's name really is, since I have seen 3 different
names: stendhal, arianne and maraurora; but it's irrelevant :) ).
I am now in the final stages of my project and I lack some information that
I need to complete the work.
What I need from you, and I hope you will be willing to help, is a list of
developers that participate to the stendhal project. In particular I need
the nicknames of your developers that you have been used in the @author tag
(?) in your source code. I need it so I can decide which parts of your
source code has been developed by you and which one is reused open source
code. Nowadays, reusing code is an important part of software development
and since size is quite closely related to effort, I need to rule out reused
code, which of course is not part of dev effort.
If you have any other suggestions (as opposed to checking the authors) as to
how I could find out the reused code in your program I would really like to
hear them too. I know many relatively small open source programs out there
don't really rely on reuse to be built since usually they are very specific
and need code specifically designed for them (I know it since I've been
involved with some and most of the times I prefer to do stuff from scratch
rather than adapting existing code :) ).
If you would be kind enough to help me out it will be much appreciated
(especially senior developers which (probably) know more about the history
of the project).
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.