Ohloh Opens Up


Ohloh is a fascinating company that lets you ask all sorts of interesting things about open source activity. Want to know how Ada, Lua, Erlang and Scheme stack up in terms of open source programming over the last ten years? Easy.

Now Ohloh has gone one step further in sharing open goodness:

Ohloh (http://www.ohloh.net), an open source network for people who create and use open source software, today announced that it is open sourcing its technology. The development community can access Ohloh source code and contribute to Ohloh via a new part of the Ohloh web site, Ohloh Labs (http://www.labs.ohloh.net). This means Ohloh tools and the Ohloh website itself will be freely available and modifiable by the community.

Its first step:

to release Ohcount, a command line tool and library that counts lines of source code and analyzes the language of the source code. Ohcount is extremely accurate in its ability to count lines of code, in part because it adapts to the language the code is written in. Currently Ohcount supports 35 languages including C/C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Ruby, HTML and XML. Ohcount and all subsequent Ohloh technologies will be licensed under a wellknown and widely-accepted open source license, the GNU General Public License version 2.

What's particularly welcome about this is that it extends open source into new areas, allowing companies to measure and manage their own use of free software more precisely.