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From Gert Vanthienen <>
Subject Re: Introduction to the community
Date Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:01:05 GMT

Being a member of both the ServiceMix and the Camel community, I'd be
more than willing to spend a few odd hours now and then to help you
get started with your contributions to these projects.  Personally, I
would recommend you to start looking at the Camel or JBI components
you use most during your paid job activities.  The components are
usually a better place to start than the core container services.
Feel free to send me a list of your commonly used components as well
and I'll try to find a few issues for those that are suitable to get
started with.


Gert Vanthienen
Open Source SOA:

2010/1/15 Ross Gardler <>:
> On 14/01/2010 18:33, Guillermo Castro wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I saw the article posted on Dzone and I thought I should join to see what
>> it
>> was about. Although the article seems to imply that the Apache community
>> is
>> mostly geared towards students, I think there are other opportunities
>> here.
> The article does give that impression, largely as it focusses on GSoC. This
> is to be our primary focus intially as we have been running GSoC since 2005
> and so it is working pretty well for us.
> However, we are not focussing on students exclusively, in fact our first
> mentee is not a student. We're still working on exactly how a mentoring
> programme will work with non-students, obviously demands and motivations are
> different there.
>> A little bit about myself. I have been a Java developer for over 13 years,
>> and in that time I have used some of the Apache projects. I've been
>> seriously considering getting my hands dirty on actually improving,
>> fixing,
>> etc. on some of them (give something back to the community), but some of
>> them evolve so fast that I don't even know where to begin. When I read
>> about
>> the community, I thought it might be a good idea to have someone help me
>> focus on a specific couple of tasks.
> Excellent. If you are prepared to work with us as we iron out the bumps
> we'll do our best to help you.
>> Right now I'm working heavily with Camel, Servicemix, etc for a client.
> Being at such an early stage we have not yet gone out to all projects to get
> a list of potential mentors. At present I don't think we have a mentor on
> those projects. So we'll need to see if there is anyone available.
> For more general assistance, this list is the place to be.
> The first thing to do is to have a look over our mentoring programme
> documentation:
> It really helps us find a mentor if you can identify a some specific areas
> that are important to you. Looking over the issues in JIRA for your projects
> is a good idea. Are there any that are potentially relevant to your paid day
> job activities?
> Once you have had a look around please complete and outline application (see
> and we'll try
> and find you a mentor.
> Ross

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