Opensource programming, basically is the programming which is done for opensource software. An opensource software can be defined as a software where consumers are free to make modifications in the various factors regarding the computer software, thus making it simpler to use. The phrase opensource is also used in popular vocabulary today, although it was originally a term which dealt with the source coding of software.
Opensource programming follows the tenets of the open source movement which started forming sometime during the middle of the 1980’s. Keeping that in mind, opensource software are ideally meant to be: affordable, transparent, long term and also localized. Most opensource softwares are introduced in many versions, or at least a minimum of two. One of these is the more stable version which will have lesser characteristics, even though the other will be a development version, also referred to as a buggy model, which will have all the newer characteristics even though they're not tried and tested.
While doing opensource programming, one also needs to be sure that the application has a dynamic decision making structure, this is achieved so as to allow maximum number of people to help in establishing the application. The thought of allowing as many people as possible to participate in opensource programming is called the bazaar structure. Moreover, an opensource software needs to be modular in design to be able to allow parallel improvements side-by-side.
A must do for everyone who intends to broach into the field of opensource development, is possessing adequate knowledge about aspects like coding conventions, patch submissions, bug tracking, user troubleshooting issues, options for version management and feature requests. Not only that, but an opensource engineer should also constantly horn his skills by participating in discussions and forums.