A case study of open source software development: the Apache server

@article{Mockus2000ACS,
  title={A case study of open source software development: the Apache server},
  author={Audris Mockus and Roy T. Fielding and James D. Herbsleb},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2000 International Conference on Software Engineering. ICSE 2000 the New Millennium},
  year={2000},
  pages={263-272}
}
  • A. Mockus, R. Fielding, J. Herbsleb
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 2000 International Conference on Software Engineering. ICSE 2000 the New Millennium
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