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From Siegfried Goeschl <>
Subject Re: how to refine programming skill
Date Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:26:51 GMT
Hi Daniel,

IMHO the best approach is picking an Apache Commons (or any other OSS) project you have a
special interest in, e.g. you are using it at work or have implemented something similar and
would like to improve it a bit. The improvement could be documentation, answering emails,
a bug fix or a new feature :-)

What I usually do

- pick the project of my choice
- build the project and have a close look at the tests
- subscribe to the user & developer mailing list & JIRA
- read the stuff on the mailing list to get a better understanding 
- fix a simple bug or improve the user documentation
- answer incoming question on the mailing list
- after a while I have a good understanding of the project and the developer community

But again - working on an arbitrary OSS project (just to refine my skills) does not work for
me since I have to have a good reason to spent my time. So over the time I move from one project
to another one ...


Siegfried Goeschl

> On 10 Jul 2015, at 13:35, Daniel C. S. Yeh <> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am newer here. I want to involve in open source project development.
> By this way, I can see the good software architecture and bugs fixing
> practice.
> could anyone kind tell me how to do it step by step, slowly?
> Many thanks
> Daniel

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