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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Newbie
Date Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:41:02 GMT
On 26/04/2011 13:43, Nuwan Arambage wrote:
> I have gone through the filters that you have already sent me.I'm
> interested to work on issues which is suitable for beginner. As I
> mentioned earlier, my interest is to get hands dirty in project
> related to web services or message queues.I fond of those technical
> areas.

Do any of the web services projects [1] have issues labelled GSoC or mentor?

> I was trying to getting familiar with Apache ActiveMQ and Apache CXF
> recently but it is at basic stage.I would be very exiting to hear if
> you could arrange a way to approach those communities or any other
> web services project community .

The easiest way to engage those communities is to simply approach them 
in the way you have approached us. However, as I said before they will 
not really interested in holding your hand too much - you have to do 
some of the work yourself.

We don't know your skills, your interests or your objectives. So it's 
not really possible for us to select issues for you. If there are any 
labelled GSoC or mentor then the projects have indicated that these 
should be at an appropriate level for a novice.

As I said earlier see if you can find an issue of interest and post it 
here (or go direct to the project community with it).

Once you give us an idea of what you want to do we or the project 
community can help you get started.

If there are no suitable issues you can find then the best thing to do 
is subscribe to the mailing lists and read the traffic passing by. 
install the software of interest, work through tutorials. When you find 
something is not well documented (and you will), ask for support on the 
user list and provide patches to the docs in "payment" for that support.

As time passes you will get a feel for what the community is doing, 
where they are heading and what needs to be done. Eventually, you'll 
find you see something that you can do to get started.



> Thanks&  Regards, Nuwan Arambage
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Ross Gardler<>
> wrote:
>> On 26/04/2011 10:56, Nuwan Arambage wrote:
>>> Hi Ross,
>>> This is really helpful for me to proceed and getting touch with
>>> community.
>> I should have mentioned that not all projects have issues tagged in
>> this way. If this is the case for your chosen projects let us know
>> and we'll help you approach the community for support.
>> Ross
>>> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM, Ross
>>> Gardler<>    wrote:
>>>> We can certainly try to team you up with a mentor. However, be
>>>> aware our mentors are not here to teach you to code. They, and
>>>> the project community, will help you get to grips with the
>>>> project structure though.
>>>> Your first action should be to search for issues with a label
>>>> of "GSoC"  or "mentor". These issues are ones that are thought
>>>> to be appropriate for someone at the start of their career.
>>>> Once you have found an issue you might want to tackle post them
>>>> here and we'll help you with the next step.
>>>> Sent from my mobile device.
>>>> On 26 Apr 2011, at 05:57, Nuwan
>>>> Arambage<>    wrote:
>>>>> Hi All,
>>>>> This question might be asked several time by different
>>>>> different people
>>>> who
>>>>> do have interest being a apache contributor.I would like to
>>>>> ask this question again. How can I get into Apache project as
>>>>> contributor ?. I
>>>> have
>>>>> read the guide lines available in Apache website. They
>>>>> suggest to follow the particular project that you are
>>>>> interested and use the software then pinpoint where things
>>>>> can be improved.
>>>>> When it comes to my point of view, all are true.But everyone
>>>>> is not at
>>>> same
>>>>> level to follow those guide lines perfectly.In my case I
>>>>> would like to
>>>> join
>>>>> to Java based web service project. I have tried several
>>>>> products. I feel
>>>> if
>>>>> you need to find issues by your own at first hand it won't be
>>>>> that much
>>>> easy
>>>>> since I'm not a well seasoned about the software.Other
>>>>> scenario is there
>>>> are
>>>>> existing defects in JIRA  they said you can work on those
>>>>> issues.
>>>>> My point is product complexity matter for newcomers.I head
>>>>> that there are mentoring activities happens in
>>>>> Apache.Probably it might be helpful for me.How can I find a
>>>>> mentor if I like to work on existing bug ?.
>>>>> I'm waiting for reply from great community.
>>>>> Thanks Nuwan Arambage
>> -- @rgardler
> -- Fail again. Fail better
> With Regards , Nuwan  Arambage

Ross Gardler

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