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From "Edward J. Yoon" <edwardy...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Lowering the barrier
Date Fri, 04 Nov 2011 09:08:11 GMT
Thank you for your helpful advice!

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM, Tommaso Teofili
<tommaso.teofili@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been thinking about how to improve our community experience and
> attract new users and contributors for some time and I am quite sure we
> should, at least, try to do the following :
>   1. make our getting started guides much much more easy for someone who
>   doesn't have any clue about what, for instance, Hadoop is and how to
>   configure it; defining a more tiny and clear list of small steps in order
>   to start Hama, the web interface, etc. I don't know if that's a common
>   opinion but it seems to me the 'quick start' page contains all the needed
>   stuff to know to start Hama but for a new user it may be not so easy to
>   manage all that information.
>   2. allow more users to contribute creating small and self contained
>   issues. This was the way I started here at ASF: I didn't have a deep
>   understanding of each of the components of the first project I was involved
>   with (Apache UIMA) but I found some small and trivial issues (a couple of
>   lines of code to document / fix / create) I could start from and that
>   allowed me to get more familiar with the code and the insights of the
>   project AND at the same time this allowed the project committers to care
>   more about bigger and more complex issues. The big design decisions and
>   improvements will be still handled by committers most of the times but
>   simpler things can be improved and taken from newcomers.
> One other thing could be improve how we present to the "public" with our
> website but it may be tricky, however there I suggest adding some
> screenshots/pictures for the architecture / BSP model.
> One last thing regards a technical point: it may be good if we could define
> a Maven profile to automatically start a Hama cluster from Maven but we
> should decide if / how to do that; this would allow the user to do a SVN
> checkout, run the Maven goal and understanding by seeing Hama working.
> Just as an example for the web interface to be started from Maven, we could
> use the Maven Jetty plugin [1].
> I hope this helps but I look forward to ear other people opinions and
> points.
> Have a nice day.
> Tommaso
> [1] : http://docs.codehaus.org/display/JETTY/Maven+Jetty+Plugin

Best Regards, Edward J. Yoon

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