Food recipes, just like software code, require testing. In the culinary world, recipe testers play an essential role in the creation of a cookbook by making sure that what the chef/author describes can be implemented by other people and that the recipes work as described.
Open source software has a particular indebtedness to the food world. As with food recipes, having lots of people review your code only makes it stronger and more reliable. This is the premise of Linus's Law, which promotes the idea that a key benefit of open source over closed source software is that it gets more eyes and is more likely to get seen by those who can find and resolve bugs in the codebase.
In the tradition of open source, the authors of the chapters in this cookbook are giving back to the community by sharing favorite recipes - free, online, and downloadable. Enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts from around the world, courtesy of our global developer community!