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Open Source Jumpstart London 2010

  • Apr 17, 2010 · 9:00 AM
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The London Graduate Development Community are pleased to announce Open Source Jumpstart 2010 - to be held on 17th April 2010 at IBM Southbank.

The event will kick off on the morning of Saturday 17th April with an introduction to some leading Open Source projects. Then you’ll choose a project to participate in, and collaborate with fellow students and a project committer over the course of the day - leading to your work being committed into the project you worked on - and your name being added to the list of contributors.

This is your chance to experience a taste of real Open Source development and to meet leading developers in an informal and stimulating environment.

Experience of working on live Open Source Software projects will instantly help your CV to stand out, as will an understanding of how these projects fit into the industry. This event will give you an insight into what Open Source projects are all about, how they work and give you actual experience of working on them. The event will also serve as material for an interesting talking point at any job interview you attend in the future. You will also have the opportunity to meet not only like-minded peers but also experienced developers working on world-leading OSS projects.

We have space for only *60* students, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

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  • Martijn V.

    What a fantastic day! It was a real eye opener for me wandering and seeing the great interaction between the students and mentors. It showed clearly that it's not at all scary to get involved in an Open Source project and that you can be productive very quickly! Really looking forward to helping host one of these again.

    April 26, 2010

  • Daniel L.

    I've posted a blog for the GDC website over at http://goo.gl/SrAL - Feel free to post up your own comments too and thanks again for all the feedback!

    April 25, 2010

  • Nawazish R.

    I had a fantastic time at the Open Source Jumpstart event. The event served as an excellent introduction to Open Source development and provided some very valuable first hand experience and insight into how Open Source works.

    I found the organisers warm and very welcoming and never felt out of place. I learnt so much from the event itself and also by talking to the many seasoned developers working in the industry, thank you all. If I take anything away from the event it will be a drive to participate in Open Source projects, and a confidence that will help further my career in software development. Hopefully one day I'll have a chance to give something back too.

    April 20, 2010

  • Karthikeyan

    It was an excellent opportunity for me to work on a open source project...It was more than what i expected...thanks to all of them who where a part of this meet and special thanks to Barry and Anji...........

    April 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A marvelous event. Thanks to it, I'm actually looking forward to continue contributing to open source projects. And I must say, I didn't feel this way before.

    Congratulations on this success!

    April 19, 2010

  • zoe s.

    I'm still buzzing from yesterday. I wrote a couple of blog posts here http://tiny.cc/gxsb8. There are photos (actually Ben's photos) here: http://tiny.cc/jc89u, nice one of Mark Thomas. Glad to hear it worked for all of you :-)

    April 18, 2010

  • Barry C.

    One other thing, as John mentioned, we have a social event on Tuesday - very informal just a lot of developers meeting in a pub in Soho. I'd love it if a few of you could come down and meet some of the guys from the LJC (the other user group) and let them know about your experiences from yesterday. I'll be there as will some of the other organisers from Saturday. Full details are here, please RSVP if you can make it: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/calendar/12953770/ I hope to see you there B

    April 18, 2010

  • Barry C.

    Thanks to EVERYONE who came yesterday. The Twitter tag is #gdcosj1 if you'd like to follow or create buzz outside of the community.

    I'm glad to see so many of you got something out of yesterday but hopefully it was just the beginning of your journey into Open Source Software...

    We're collecting feedback to decide how to move things forward so as Dan has said please let us know your thoughts if you'd prefer to keep it confidential email me directly on [masked]

    April 18, 2010

  • Craig S.

    Cannot put into words how interesting this meetup was. Getting to meet commmiters to some large well known OS projects was fantastic. There was a lot of knowledge transfer that you just couldn't over a mailing list. Fantastic event, hope to see more like it in the future. Massive thanks to all that made this happen.

    April 18, 2010

  • Alex

    The event was well organized with a lot of interesting open source projects indeed. I was looking to get involved on something that would have helped me to support my future career. I am glad that I have found it and furthermore I met a lot of great developers! Well done organizers and mentors. Looking forward for similar events!

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Open Source Jumpstart London 2010 was a fantastic way to get started contributing to open source projects. It was really good having mentors who were able to explain how most open source projects are structured and how to go about getting involved, submitting fixes, and navigating the communities surrounding open source projects. There is often a perceived barrier preventing new contributers from joining a project but this event showed that the barrier we thought existed was easily crossed. I think events like this would be wonderful to have, not just in London but throughout the UK, to try to encourage those who would have otherwise been too intimidated to get involved in the wider open source community.

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really great to have a taste of working with open source projects. Having mentors at hand to help with setting up the developer environments, overview of the architecture, identify/fix a bug, and submit a patch really accelerated the learning curve. The main benefit of this event was the quality and immediacy of help needed to get started with a project. There is only so much that can be communicated effectively over mailing lists when trying to resolve issues - but having an expert sitting next to you helps resolve things in minutes rather than hours (or days). The other benefits gained from this event was clarifying some common misconceptions about OSS, ranging from perceptions of technical expertise, the scope of activities available to contribute to, and the support that is available for participants

    I feel more confident in working with large code base and I will definitely continue to contribute to OSS

    April 18, 2010

  • Balaji R.

    It was a great event of gathering all developers at one place and good to share their views about the process happening in open source projects. Moreover it is good that we had a real experience of how getting involved in a issue and produced a patch work. Hope to have such events in the future.

    April 18, 2010

  • Bass

    [Off-topic] After yesterday's event, I'm even more convinced that the open source philosophy is the future of software development, and not only: being based on global collaboration instead of competition, it should be applied to many other aspects of society since it would massively speed up the progress of humankind on this planet.

    April 18, 2010

  • Bass

    Wonderful event!
    I knew very little about opensource, and in spite of that I even managed to give a little contribution to a projetc at the end of the day.
    Thanks so much to my project mentor, Ross Gardler, who patiently answered all my questions, and to the organizers, particularly Barry and Zoe, for the first class organization.
    Really hope to see other similar events soon!

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day, I enjoyed every second of it. I hope next time will be more .net projects.

    April 17, 2010

  • Olamide O.

    This event has opened me up to so many other areas in php. It feels good seating among geeks, sharing minds and learning new things. Can we have more events like this? Wish all universities would organise events like this. Today was well spent.

    April 17, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a really good time. The team is very friendly and willing to help. I meet a lot of interesting people that got loads of great ideas and the necessary drive. Really great group!
    However because of problems with getting working MySQL on my Mac I left earlier. I felt that assign task of creating logo wasn't really challenging.

    April 17, 2010

  • Rashsul H.

    It was a great experience.

    April 17, 2010

  • Bass

    @Ross Gardler: Great news, I'll be happy to have look, and see if I'm good enough to give some contribution :-)

    The sad news howeve is that my laptop has died this afternoon while trying to fix it on the phone with a support guy from Dell. I'm still kind of shocked....anyway...perhaps I'll be able to "borrow" one tomorrow, or work with somebody else, I'll see... I'm so frustrated :-(

    April 16, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi all - one last note about tomorrow. Parking is really difficult and expensive at Southbank - there is no car park in the IBM building. The location is very close to Waterloo and I strongly recommend public transport!

    Zoe

    April 16, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi Rumen - yes, Hazel pointed out the the Meetup was out of sync with the information that's on the Wiki, so I fixed the Meetup. If you have a look at the timetable Wiki you can see what you'll be missing - I think it's mainly the introduction to each project. As long as you can make it by 10:00 and have already picked 3 projects that you would like to work on I think it will be OK. I hope there aren't too many others in the same position.

    Zoe

    April 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hmm ... I see the time has changed from 10 to 9 am, is it a problem for me coming a bit late, I've already made my plans to be there at 10 and can change them as I am traveling?

    April 16, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi Craig - there will be wifi but I'd recommend grabbing whatever you need before the event and not relying on it.
    Zoe

    April 16, 2010

  • Craig S.

    Is there going to be wifi/net connection at the event? If not then I'll grab tools/dependencies etc before I leave in the morning.

    April 16, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi Alex - wear whatever you like :-)
    Zoe

    April 16, 2010

  • Barry C.

    If you have a Java T-shirt - WEAR IT! Infact I may bring some to give away! On a serious note, there is no dress code to worry about. Just wear what you'll be comfortable coding in :-)

    April 16, 2010

  • Alex

    hey all. Is there any dress code for the event since is held at IBM? I have just finished to set-up my laptop and I am looking forward to tomorrow. Thanks

    April 16, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi all - since we've had a couple more new responses I'm resending some information about tomorrow.

    Check the Wiki, from here (http://tiny.cc/dp6qm) look for a wiki called "Opensource Jumpstart London" - you will find details of projects, times, what you should bring with you.

    Zoe

    April 16, 2010

  • Bass

    Unfortunately I am studying C# to become a .NET developer...which means I won't be able to contribute to any of the listed projects, however I would still be very happy to come around to meet other developers and learn how the whole "open source development cycle" works, so that I can join some .NET project soon...is it ok?

    April 15, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi Adam - yes. There will be committers from all of those projects present on the day, the idea is that they will help you through the process of making a contribution. So, yes - this event would be good.

    April 14, 2010

  • Adam M.

    I am by no means an expert in any of the projects listed but have a good knowledge of several technologies which would allow me to contribute to one or two of the projects listed. I was wondering if there would be people to get help from in case we get stuck? As my main aim from this was to contribute to an open source project, find out more about open source projects and improve my overall knowledge of such technologies used in the projects from other people. Would this event be good for this?

    April 14, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi Daniel - it's up to you. I think you would still get something out of it - no one is left on the wait list so you wouldn't be taking a place that someone else could use.

    April 14, 2010

  • Daniel L.

    I've just forwarded the email to everyone again, let me know if you get it.

    April 14, 2010

  • zoe s.

    By the way - any one attempting to check out and build Apache Aries today will find that the build is broken :-(. It's being fixed.

    April 13, 2010

  • zoe s.

    PS - if that doesn't work one of the mentors may be able to help on Saturday, although both the PHP guys are more Linux than Windows users.

    April 13, 2010

  • zoe s.

    Hi - the best person to ask about problems with building PHP on Windows is Pierre Joye, he probably wrote the instructions. He can usually be found on IRC (efnet, #php.pecl), alternatively you could drop a note to the PHP developers mailing list, I can't remember the address but it will be listed on www.php.net.

    April 13, 2010

  • Olamide O.

    Barry, I'm having a little problem with visual studio 2008 as stated on http://wiki.php.net/internals/windows/stepbystepbuild . Earlier this year, I installed VS 2010 (Beta version) and VS 2005 for some short projects which i later uninstalled. Now I can't install Visual studio 2008 as it is complaining about an upgrade patch either it is missing or upgrade patch may upgrade a different version of the program. Do you have any resource that can help with this?

    Thanks

    April 13, 2010

  • Barry C.

    Good to see some buzz about this - We're aiming to be done by 5:30 - 6:00 PM - any other questions feel free to post them here as comments!

    April 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Daniel, I haven't received an email regarding the projects dont know about the others. I would like to ask when is the event going to finish? I understand that it is a one day thing, but would appreciate some approximate finish time as I need to make my travel arrangements.

    Regards,

    April 12, 2010

  • Daniel L.

    An email was sent out earlier today regarding the Open Source projects available.

    Just took a brief look and PHP is listed and I'm assuming MySQL is probably implemented somewhere.

    April 12, 2010

  • ahamed

    could you pls list some of the opensource projects? is there anything that would be available on PHP and Mysql?

    March 8, 2010

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