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FOSS Development: Who develops the OS-specific packages?

I have a couple of FOSS projects. They can be a bit of a pain to get running unless you've got dependencies in place already, which I figure is par for the course for FOSS projects. We know that each ...
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Should package names be singular or plural?

Often, in libraries especially, packages contains classes that are organized around a single concept. Examples: xml, sql, user, config, db. I think we all feel pretty naturally that these packages ...
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Packaging F#/C# Application

There is a .NET application built using F# (the core part, as a DLL) and C# (the GUI part, using WPF). What is the best way to package it and to make an installer package and what are the most ...
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Should I use a root namespace?

I'm currently working on a couple projects in Flash ActionScript, and I've been building up a small library of classes. I've been using a naming convention similar to: foo.events.Bar and ...
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What is the formal definition of a meta package?

There are several examples of packaging where an application package is built, named, described, even licensed, but contains only setup code and dependencies -- it has no first-class runtime software ...
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What do you think about gems and eggs? Alternatives? [closed]

I've read recently some criticism (see 1, 2, 3) about the packaging distribution system of two popular programming languages: Ruby gems and Python eggs. The most important argument stated against them ...
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Merits of Namepsaces/Packages

Some programming languages (e.g. Java and C++) have language features called "packages" or "namespaces". How useful is it really to have namespaces? It is possible to mark functions and classes as ...
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Abstract classes in package structure

I have an abstract class that will have many implementors. There are, of course, many places to put abstract classes in a Java package structure. Should the abstract class be in the same package as ...