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From Damien Katz <>
Subject Re: Helping out
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:45:32 GMT
Hi Dave. Sorry about the layoff. That sucks. :(

The best way to get involved is to hang out and participate here on  
the mailing lists. Also the wiki has a lot of information, and not all  
of it accurate or up to date, so a good way to get started and to help  
the community is to use the wiki docs yourself and actively update  
anything that is wrong or confusing or could just be worded better.  
Documentation improvements are a big help.

As far as getting started hacking on the source, I thought we had a  
page on the wiki for how to get started hacking, but I can't find it  
now. Anyone else got pointers?


On Feb 11, 2009, at 12:27 AM, David Van Couvering wrote:

> Hello.  I've been following CouchDB from the sidelines for a while but
> haven't been able to put much time into it.
> Recently, however, Sun laid me off, and I thought this would be a good
> opportunity to get a little more engaged.
> No better way, IMHO, than to help out with the project.  FYI, I'm  
> already a
> committer to Apache Derby, although I haven't been active there in  
> the past
> few years.
> I was looking at your road map and it looked like you want to get a  
> lot of
> documentation written.  I was thinking that would be a great way for  
> me to
> start learning CouchDB.  Is there a specific document that you would  
> like to
> me to try my hand at?  Also, what are your processes, technologies and
> standards around documentation?
> I can also start poking around at your bug list and perhaps offer some
> patches to get my feet wet.  Is there anything in particular that  
> you would
> like someone to focus on?  I don't have an Erlang background,  
> although I'm
> interested in learning.  My background is server-side Java and  
> databases,
> for the most part.
> I look forward to hearing from you.  Meanwhile I'll try to get a  
> build going
> and see how that goes.
> All the best,
> David
> -- 
> David W. Van Couvering

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