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From "n. alex rupp" <>
Subject Re: Plan of Action (RE: committers (again))
Date Wed, 10 Sep 2003 14:51:47 GMT
That's definitely the process--but there's more to it than that IMO.  It's
in all of our best interests to help out new developers.  This needn't be
thought of as "hand holding".   I don't think we'd be coddling anyone by
compiling a list of references and resources to the 50,000 foot view of the
technology on our wiki.

The point is to grow a strong community, with the understanding that strong
technology will result from it.

: )
N. Alex Rupp (

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Urberg" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Plan of Action (RE: committers (again))

> I can remember when I was fairly new to open source (which wasn't that
> ago).  I'm not sure any hand holding is required.  The way it works is you
> grab the code base, get to know it, find something that is broken,
announce to
> everyone that you're going to fix it, and how (to make sure that no one
else is
> doing the same thing) and then fix it. Then either commit if (if you have
> rights) or send it to the list for someone else to commit it. The same
goes for
> new fuctionality.  It's really not as hard as it seems, it's just *a lot*
> different that what you're used to, which is people telling you how it
> be done.  From my experence, this has been my understanding of how open
> works.
> That's my $0.02 added on to your $0.02 which makes $0.04 :)
> Tim Urberg
> OpenEJB Developer
> --- Michael Portnoy <> wrote:
> >
> > Okay, so I'm new to open-source projects. While I have
> > plenty of software engineering experience It has all
> > been embedded, C,C++ Assembly.
> >
> > I think a seperate e-mail list should be created for
> > newbies or people who want to contribute.  So we
> > can ask the "stupid" questions. and possible get
> > somebody who could "mentor" us, if you will.  Just
> > so we could get enough hand-holding to get us over
> > the rough-spots.
> >
> > Of course that means that some of you "old-timers"
> > must
> > be willing to monitor the list and contribute. I know
> > most of you old-timers didn't have anybody to hold
> > your hand, but I do think it will be helpful to the
> > people and the project.
> >
> > Michael "my $.02" Portnoy

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