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Re: [ljc] Improving as a developer, Open Source Projects and "bedroom" coding projects

From: Barry C.
Sent on: Thursday, October 11, 2012 2:06 PM
Great, and very pleased with the other positive feedback on the concept.

We would be most likely looking at launching something in January... though if poss I may run a trial at the upcoming Open Conference (watch this space).

In the mean time I'll start trying to reach out to as many projects as possible. If any one is involved in a project, would like to be involved and is either in London or could get here for a night then please get in touch.

Cheers,
Barry



On 11 Oct 2012, at 11:31, Andy Dickinson wrote:

Thank you for all the feedback. Slightly reasuring to know I'm not the only one in this similar situation.

I will investigate Cloudbees as a good starting point as it seems like it takes a lot of the grunt work out of getting things started. And (amoung the many part read books) I also have a book on Maven, so I think I will dust that off and investigate that as well.

Barry - the idea of a "meet a project" meetup sounds like it would be really interesting and a good way to find "an itch to scratch". My only reservation is because I'm currently in the process of moving house, so that's taking up all my time at the moment (on the plus side it will mean I will be able to setup my own workspace at a decent desk which should make things easier). So yes I for one would be interested, so long as ASAP doesn't mean "in the next two weeks" :-)

Thanks again, and if anyone else has thoughts or ideas then let me know.

Andy

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To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [ljc] Improving as a developer, Open Source Projects and "bedroom" coding projects
Date: Wed, 10 Oct[masked]:42:54 -0400

You could also try Cloudbees dev@Cloud for easy project set up.

Jake

http://www.cloudbees.com/#slide-1

On 10 October[masked]:07, Joyita Raksit <[address removed]> wrote:
To help with the hurdle of project set up, I would recommend maven archetypes, here's a list http://www.myjeeva.com/2012/06/exclusive-maven-archetype-list/
Saves a fair bit of laborious set up. For version control, set up a free github account, and AWS offer elastic beanstalk in their free usage tier for easy free cloud deployment.
Mentioning an alternative because as much as I've wanted to join open source projects, my schedule means I've never felt I could commit as well/regularly as I'd like to, maybe the same for others?

On 10 Oct 2012, at 11:12, Andrew Flegg <[address removed]> wrote:

On 9 October[masked]:18, Andy Dickinson <[address removed]> wrote:

One thing I think might be useful would be to work on an Open Source project,
but this is another area where I don't even know where to start. How do you go
about finding an open source project to get involved in? And (if) you find
one how do you start to get involved. Part of me always worries that the code
I write isn't going to be good or suitable (which is a vicious circle in that
the only way to find out if it is any good and improve it is to have other
people look at it etc etc).

The key things about getting involved in an open source project are:

 * Find one which scratches an itch - it's going to be far easier for you to
   contribute to an open source project which interests you, and make
   improvements where you are affected by the outcome. This could be a
   particular thing you want to run on a website, some app you want to run
   at home or perhaps a mobile app (e.g. Java ME or Android)

 * Collaboration is key - no-one's going to expect you to write brilliant
   code after checking out a project and coming up with anidea.
   Perhaps start with submitting patches to the documentation if you found
   getting started difficult; or test new release candidates before release.
   Once you understand the project dynamics you'll be better able to
   contribute. Watch and understand who is involved.

 * Don't just go off and work on something for a few weeks and then
   submit it. This is for two reasons: 1) you'll be too attached to your
   implementation to accept the inevitable criticism/changes that are
   wanted by the project owners; 2) it may not align, or may duplicate,
   changes that are already planned. Post to the mailing lists about
   your idea to get feedback before, and during, implementation.

However, any open source project is always happy to see new blood,
especially if they know their limits and are willing to learn from the
project; and contribute in different ways.

HTH,

Andrew

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