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From Robert Dionne <>
Subject Re: Helping out
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2009 15:52:25 GMT

On Feb 11, 2009, at 10:45 AM, Damien Katz wrote:

> 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?
> -Damien
> 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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