Foswiki Mission Statement

"Foswiki, THE Next Generation Online Application Development and Integration Platform"

Development guidelines

User considerations

  • Good OutOfTheBox Experience
  • Easy to install, use, and administer
  • Protect user investment, ensure data integrity
  • Open and stable APIs
  • Graceful degradation
    • on client and server sides
  • Make it beautiful
  • Web 2.0 extensions
  • Multi-language support
  • PerformancePerformancePerformance

Community perspective

  • Many small steps
    • Evolution is preferred over revolution
  • Maintainable source
    • Follow Coding Standards; write clear, descriptive comments; use intention-revealing naming and simple and obvious structure
  • Architectural integrity
    • Don't just hack in fixes; go the extra mile to make them *fit*
  • Maximize test coverage
    • Test everything, and automate tests wherever possible
  • Tests must pass
    • If the tests ever fail, drop everything and fix them
  • High production quality gates
  • Functional elegance

See also: CoreValues

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