October 28, 2010 · 6:30 PM
Pivotal Labs HQ
Become a contributor!
The Ruby and Rails ecosystems are built on open source, and on contributions to projects from people like you. Contributing back to the projects you use is good for your resume, your network, and is ultimately what keeps us employed!
But figuring out where to start can be daunting, so at this meetup we'll take you through the complete process. We'll start with finding a project you're interested in, then walk you through the mechanics of making changes and contributing them back. By the end of the workshop you'll be an official open source contributor.
We'll be using Diaspora, an open-source alternative to facebook, as our project. Several of the Diaspora core team will be around to assist, and to merge your changes back in to the main codebase...as you watch. It'll definitely be better than Cats.
Thanks to Pivotal Labs for sponsoring location, network, power, food, and most importantly...beer. :) Pivotal is hiring, by the way. And you should be using Pivotal Tracker!
All genders are welcome at this workshop.
Have kids? If you let me know ASAP I can arrange for a structured playgroup in another part of the office, with a responsible adult to watch over them. Email me (sarahmei at gmail) and let me know names & ages (even if tentative).
Beyond this workshop? If you already have experience contributing to OSS, awesome! I'm looking for volunteers to help the new contributors, so please email me (sarahmei at gmail). I'd love to have your assistance.