Google's Open Source Airbag Limits App Crash Damage

Lora Bentley

Google's latest contribution to open source is designed to help software developers repair applications that have crashed by deciphering what caused the crash in the first place.


Dubbed "Airbag," the project currently resides on a Google Code page, where it's described as "an open source multi-platform crash reporting system."


As of yet, no formal releases have been made, according to a article posted today, but the project does have users. Developers can find and pull project components from the source code repository.


Project owner and Google software engineer Mark Mentavo says a "tarball" (compressed archive of application files) will be released after Google declares the project stable. However, Mentavoi also points out there's no hurry to do so because the project is so developer-centric.


First on the agenda: multi-platform capability. Organizers say the project will be stable on Mac ppc, Mac x86, Windows x86 and Linux x86 before Airbag 1.0 is released.

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