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From Geir Hoydalsvik - Sun Norway <Geir.Hoydals...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: So you wanna write some database code
Date Thu, 15 Dec 2005 08:21:24 GMT

A good idea David! Perhaps the community also could work on getting a 
list of useful tasks suited for students and newcomers. I know this has 
been attempted before, could it be tried again? Perhaps one also could 
create a users competition like the best demo app, the best test, or 
similar? The winner could be recognized on a web page hall of fame?

-geir

David W. Van Couvering wrote:

> Down at ApacheCon at our BoF we had a good discussion about what might 
> help people who want to contribute to Derby but feel they don't have 
> the database internals background needed.  It was generally recognized 
> that there is a pretty hefty learning curve to be able to work on some 
> of the core parts of Derby such as the SQL compiler and the kernel.  
> The skills and background for someone writing database applications is 
> pretty different from someone writing database internals.
>
> The problem is that Derby support can not scale to handle the growing 
> number of users unless more members of the community are able to get 
> to know the code and start contributing.
>
> One thought we had was that those of us who know a certain area of 
> Derby can make ourselves available to mentor/provide guidance to those 
> who want to work in that area but don't feel qualified.
>
> For example, let's say there is a bug in the compiler that is causing 
> me problems.  I log the bug, but nobody seems to be responding 
> (scratch your own itch and all that).  I could send an email out 
> saying "I'd like to get this fixed, and am willing to do the work, but 
> I don't know anything about the compiler. Is anyone willing to help 
> walk me through this?"  Then someone who knows the compiler can 
> volunteer to help.
>
> Alternately, someone who knows the compiler can respond to a JIRA item 
> saying "I don't have time to implement, test, and document this, but 
> I'd be willing to help walk you through how you might do this."
>
> I think this is pretty workable.  It does take a willingness on both 
> sides -- from the specialists to not try to fix everything themselves 
> (not scalable long-term) and instead make themselves available to 
> provide guidance, and from the non-specialists to jump in with the 
> support of a specialist.
>
> David



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