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It is often claimed that only a few developers moved from TWiki to Foswiki, therefore the first article will look at who are/were active core developers of both projects.

Number of core developers

The analysis focus on core development of both projects, as this is a major indicator for the health of a software project. This is because you need a lot more knowledge and background for developing the core product than for writing an extension with a clearly defined API.

Claim

"We have healthy downloads, an active user community, and a very active support community. However, we are a smaller developer community than we used to be."
Source: Blog post by Peter Thoeny (Twiki.net) - 11 Nov 2009

Fact

Developers of TWiki and Foswiki
Core contributers
PeterThoeny
SopanShewale
CrawfordCurrieCrawfordCurrie
KoenMartensKoenMartens
MichaelDaumMichaelDaum
RafaelAlvarezRafaelAlvarez
AndreUlrichAndreUlrich
TravisBarkerTravisBarker
ArthurClemensArthurClemens
GilmarSantosJrGilmarSantosJr
LynnwoodBrownLynnwoodBrown
OliverKruegerOliverKrueger
ColasNahabooColasNahaboo
KennethLavrsenKennethLavrsen
MarkusUeberallMarkusUeberall
SvenDowideitSvenDowideit
AntonioTerceiroAntonioTerceiro
WillNorrisWillNorris
MartinCleaverMartinCleaver
New to core development
SebastianKlusSebastianKlus
OlivierRaginelOlivierRaginel
EugenMayerEugenMayer
LarsEikLarsEik
IsaacLinIsaacLin
GeorgeClarkGeorgeClark
AndrewJonesAndrewJones
New developers
SeanMcCarthy
RobManson
BenBeijer
RaulFRodriguez
MarkSchumann
MichaelTempest
AndrewPantyukhin
DrakeDiedrich
PaulHarvey
2 Core Contributers32 Core Contributers

Statement

Developer community:

Look at the list of developers contributed to the core of both projects since the commercial takeover of Twiki.net. The TWiki.org development community has dropped to almost nothing - only Peter and his employee Sopan is left. Whereby all other TWiki.org core developers moved to Foswiki.org. Together with new developers, Foswiki has almost doubled its core contributors!

  Number of core contributors
  before commercial takeover
of TWiki.org (2008-10-27)
one year later (2009-10-27)
TWiki.org 18 2
Foswiki.org n/a 32

Healthy Downloads:

Yes, lots of users still download the old TWiki code as they don´t know about Foswiki and its progress. Our marketing was very bad as we are better in concentrating on improvements than in talk about it. Sadly even most of our old TWiki user community don´t know about Foswiki and may wonder why there is no progress on TWiki.org.

Sources

As the analysis is based on open source, you can easily check the correctness of the data by yourself. For the first analyzation I used the following sources:

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