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From Chen Li <>
Subject Re: Getting up to speed on AsterixDB (was: [DISCUSS] Graduation from the incubator)
Date Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:39:03 GMT
We need to do a good job maintaining documentations of the project.  To
achieve the goal, we need to decide a protocol and enforce it.


On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Till Westmann <> wrote:

> In the spirit of not hijacking the thread I’m trying to create a new
> thread here.
> On your question:
> I think that getting up to speed is not quick and it is difficult. Even
> for those of us with the 10+ years industrial experience the learning curve
> is steep. As you said, the code-base is big and big pieces of it are not
> trivial. There are a number of papers on the high-level concepts, but the
> distance between those and the code is also not small. And the learning
> curve is also steep for people at the universities.
> We have been thinking about ways to ease the access to the code-base e.g.
> by adding a few references and design docs to the wiki [1]. And while I
> think that this is a step ahead it is not a solution.
> Also, while I’ve found everybody to be friendly and helpful, nobody is
> working full-time on easing the access to the code-base for newcomers -
> this is usually a volunteer activity in addition to the day-job.
> I think that the way that people have been able to get to the code-base is
> to
> - start at some piece that they think could use some improvement and then
> to
> - find our how it works and
> - how it can be improved
> and then move forward from there.
> I’m sorry that I cannot suggest a better way here.
> But maybe somebody else on the list has a better idea or can tell you how
> they managed to overcome the initial hurdle?
> Cheers,
> Till
> [1]
> On 16 Mar 2016, at 7:42, Sandeep Joshi wrote:
> Mike,
>> I asked because I wanted to ascertain how quickly a newcomer outside the
>> UCI circle can come up to speed with the vast asterixdb code-base.
>> I don't want to hijack this thread so maybe we can start another thread.
>> I am interested in knowing how one could gain proficiency in participating
>> in asterixdb development.    What design patterns should one keep in mind,
>> what hasn't worked historically, what sequence of tasks can one take on to
>> learn about various parts of the system, etc.
>> -Sandeep
>> On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 7:36 PM, Mike Carey <> wrote:
>> And I would guess there are at least 5 individuals with 10+ years of
>>> industrial experience (apiece) on the current team, if that's one of the
>>> reasons for the inquiry, with a handful more probably in the 2-5-ish
>>> years
>>> range.  :-)
>>> On 3/15/16 9:32 PM, Till Westmann wrote:
>>> Hi Sandeep,
>>>> On 15 Mar 2016, at 19:13, Sandeep Joshi wrote:
>>>> I am curious to know how many committers are from outside the academic
>>>>> circle (i.e. those who have not worked in the past on Asterixdb at UC
>>>>> Irvine or other academic institutions ) ?
>>>>> I think that the current number committers without academic UC heritage
>>>> is 3 (it’s an educated guess as I don’t know the CVs of the committers).
>>>> Actually, a nice number for a project that was a university project 12
>>>> months ago.
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Till

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