Statistics is the open source software repository for the VA Smalltalk community which was launched early this year by Adriaan van Os. As of today, the vastgoodies site has been extended with a page showing the activity statistics. Main purpose of this page is to let the community see that contributions are indeed downloaded and to give credits to those that maintain them.

Similar information has been available on Squeaksource for some time now and I was surprised to experience the effects on me with this kind of monitoring. When working on the Cloudfork packages for Squeak, the downloads statistics gives us immediately feedback about whether developers are interested. And a few times it felt like a contest to see whether I or the project could be the top committer for a while :-)

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