A Tool for         Collaborative Software DevelopmentNicole YankelovichOpen Wonderland FoundationWonderBuilders, Inc.nicol...
What is Open Wonderland (OWL)? 100% Java, free, open-source toolkit for  creating 3D immersive virtual worlds             ...
Build Worlds for...                                                     Simulation Collaboration with Live Docs           ...
Education and Training                     Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   4
Modules for Extensibility                                            Module• Modules akin to “plug-ins” for adding        ...
Modules can add Apps• Multi-user, interactive 2D apps  Whiteboard           Firefox                Screen Sharer          ...
Modules can add Capabilities• Capabilities are functionality that can  be applied to any in-world object• Each can optiona...
Capability Examples•   Audio: Add recorded audio or audio stream•   Container: Group objects; inherit properties•   Portal...
Modules can add Menu items• New functionality appears in menu hierarchy                   Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland ...
Wonderland Module Warehouse• Browse  apps &  features• Share• Comment• Rate             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Fo...
Web-based Admin Console• Add / remove modules from web UI                 Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   11
Case Studies, Activities, and Tools• Look at two case studies of OWL use for  collaborative software development  > Subsna...
Case Study – “Subsnapshot” Project• Collaborative module  development project• Any developer in the open  source community...
SubSnapshot Sessions• Logistics  >   All participants remote  >   2-3 times per month; 1 hour  >   Averages 8-12 participa...
Case Study - “Postcard” Code-a-thon• Intensive three-day event to create a module• Participants came from US, Canada, and ...
Postcards• New feature that allows  virtual world users to  take and send pictures.• Uses a virtual camera to  set up shot...
Project Space Setup            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   17
Activities & Tools• Before/between sessions  > Live in-world planning mtgs.  > Asynchronous collaboration     • Google Wav...
Activity: BrainstormingTool: Drag-and-drop Images            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   19
Activity: Organizing / User StoriesTool: Card Wall             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   20
Activity: Planning & DesignTool: Multi-user Whiteboard            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   21
Activity: Planning Poker & VotingTool: Voting Tool             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   22
Activity: Consulting the WebTool: Firefox             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   23
Activity: Collaborative CodingTool: NetBeans             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   24
Activity: Collaborative DebuggingTool: Shared Terminal             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   25
Activity: Note TakingTool: Sticky Notes             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   26
Activity: Doc & Desktop SharingTools: DropBox, VNC Viewer            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   27
Activity: DocumentationTools: PDF Viewer / Google Drive            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   28
Activity: Unit TestingTools: NetBeans, Image Viewer            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   29
Activity: Testing the CodeTool: SubSnapshot Module            Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   30
Activity: Testing on Remote ServerTools: VNC, Screen Sharer             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   31
Activity: Documenting the ProjectTools: Facebook, Screen Sharer             Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation   32
Lessons Learned• Benefits:  > Real work accomplished in      the virtual world  >   Multiple simultaneous activities  >   ...
For More Information• WonderBuilders   > http://WonderBuilders.com   > Custom worlds, consulting• Open Wonderland   > http...
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Open Wonderland is a toolkit for creating 3D virtual worlds for education and collaboration. This talk focuses on the use of Open Wonderland for distributed software development, detailing the suite of collaborative tools that support each of the different activities involved in the software development process.

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Open Wonderland: A Tool for Collaborative Software Development

  1. 1. A Tool for Collaborative Software DevelopmentNicole YankelovichOpen Wonderland FoundationWonderBuilders, Inc.nicole@wonderbuilders.com
  2. 2. What is Open Wonderland (OWL)? 100% Java, free, open-source toolkit for creating 3D immersive virtual worlds Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 2
  3. 3. Build Worlds for... Simulation Collaboration with Live Docs Mixed-Reality Interactions 3D Data Visualization and Analysis Integrating with Real World Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 3
  4. 4. Education and Training Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 4
  5. 5. Modules for Extensibility Module• Modules akin to “plug-ins” for adding Code Artwork apps and other functionality to OWL Scripts Assembled worlds• Mechanism for packaging & sharing Other resources OWL extensions written in Java > Can contain code, artwork, audio, scripts, web management and web services > Also world configurations for sharing whole worlds > Deliver art assets via embedded HTTP server > Packaged as archive (jar) files• Modules can depend on other modules Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 5
  6. 6. Modules can add Apps• Multi-user, interactive 2D apps Whiteboard Firefox Screen Sharer Webcam Viewer• Interactive 3D apps 2D + 3D CombinedAudio Recorder Mic Twitter Feed Portal Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation Comp Sci Lesson 6
  7. 7. Modules can add Capabilities• Capabilities are functionality that can be applied to any in-world object• Each can optionally include a property sheet Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 7
  8. 8. Capability Examples• Audio: Add recorded audio or audio stream• Container: Group objects; inherit properties• Portal: Teleport to new location• EZScript: Add scripting to any object 2 Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 8
  9. 9. Modules can add Menu items• New functionality appears in menu hierarchy Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 9
  10. 10. Wonderland Module Warehouse• Browse apps & features• Share• Comment• Rate Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 10
  11. 11. Web-based Admin Console• Add / remove modules from web UI Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 11
  12. 12. Case Studies, Activities, and Tools• Look at two case studies of OWL use for collaborative software development > Subsnapshots Project • Export objects > Postcards Code-a-thon • In-world screenshots• Used a wide range of collaboration tools to support full range of software development activities > Planning, coding, debugging, testing, documenting, ... Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 12
  13. 13. Case Study – “Subsnapshot” Project• Collaborative module development project• Any developer in the open source community was invited to participate in live weekly meetings• All meetings held in OWL• Main purpose > Help educate developers so more could contribute to project, help fix bugs, and add new features Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 13
  14. 14. SubSnapshot Sessions• Logistics > All participants remote > 2-3 times per month; 1 hour > Averages 8-12 participants > September 2010 – May 2011• Learning Community > No formal instructor > OWL architect defacto leader > Participants take turns driving > Focus on understanding, good coding practices, not speed Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 14
  15. 15. Case Study - “Postcard” Code-a-thon• Intensive three-day event to create a module• Participants came from US, Canada, and several European countries• Run by a small organizing committee Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 15
  16. 16. Postcards• New feature that allows virtual world users to take and send pictures.• Uses a virtual camera to set up shot; simple UI to compose a message and specify how to share• Differences: > Intensive sessions > Involved more UI design > Non-developers involved Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 16
  17. 17. Project Space Setup Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 17
  18. 18. Activities & Tools• Before/between sessions > Live in-world planning mtgs. > Asynchronous collaboration • Google Wave, Google Drive, OWL Forum, Facebook > Setting up the environment > Installing new code on community server > Testing• During the live sessions > Synchronous collaboration with high fidelity audio > Suite of collaboration tools support variety of activities Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 18
  19. 19. Activity: BrainstormingTool: Drag-and-drop Images Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 19
  20. 20. Activity: Organizing / User StoriesTool: Card Wall Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 20
  21. 21. Activity: Planning & DesignTool: Multi-user Whiteboard Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 21
  22. 22. Activity: Planning Poker & VotingTool: Voting Tool Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 22
  23. 23. Activity: Consulting the WebTool: Firefox Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 23
  24. 24. Activity: Collaborative CodingTool: NetBeans Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 24
  25. 25. Activity: Collaborative DebuggingTool: Shared Terminal Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 25
  26. 26. Activity: Note TakingTool: Sticky Notes Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 26
  27. 27. Activity: Doc & Desktop SharingTools: DropBox, VNC Viewer Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 27
  28. 28. Activity: DocumentationTools: PDF Viewer / Google Drive Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 28
  29. 29. Activity: Unit TestingTools: NetBeans, Image Viewer Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 29
  30. 30. Activity: Testing the CodeTool: SubSnapshot Module Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 30
  31. 31. Activity: Testing on Remote ServerTools: VNC, Screen Sharer Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 31
  32. 32. Activity: Documenting the ProjectTools: Facebook, Screen Sharer Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 32
  33. 33. Lessons Learned• Benefits: > Real work accomplished in the virtual world > Multiple simultaneous activities > Participants highly engaged > Strong relationships developed > Agile techniques worked remotely• Challenges: > Time zones > Doing sufficient pre-work to set up the necessary tools Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 33
  34. 34. For More Information• WonderBuilders > http://WonderBuilders.com > Custom worlds, consulting• Open Wonderland > http://OpenWonderland.org• WonderBlog > http://blogs.openwonderland.org nicole@wonderbuilders.com• Facebook > http://facebook.com/openwonderland• Twitter > http://twitter.com/openwonderland > use hashtag: #openwonderland Copyright 2013, Open Wonderland Foundation 34

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