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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: Mentoring newcomers
Date Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:26:41 GMT
Regarding creating some training materials. I met with a company
based here in the UK who might be interested in helping create some
training materials for the project. Like all volunteer driven efforts
there needs to be a number of people willing to make this happen. As a
random idea would anyone here be willing to support an activity such
as outlined below.

For now lets assume all costs incurred, but not salaries, would be
covered and that outputs would be donated to the Cordova project for
reuse by the community in any way compatible with the ASF licence
(note I'm not saying I have secured funding for this activity, I'm
asking if those with the necessary skills would be willing to help
produce materials if funding were found).

- organise a training event somewhere
- fly in key Cordova personel
- deliver training with video cameras present
- post produce training to make it suitable for online consumption
  - video, slides, how to documentation etc.

I'm thinking this would cover topics such as:

Basic (user):
  - downloading and installing Apache Cordova
  - writing a hello world app
  - deploying to each of the major platforms
  - building a more complex app with JQuery Mobile (or similar)
  - overview of advanced topics

Intermediate (contributor):
  - setting up an Apache Cordova development environment
  - running build scripts and unit tests
  - reporting bugs/requesting enhancements
  - making changes to Cordova
  - contributing changes upstream

This is obviously alot of work and would not directly contribute to
the core code of the project. However, it might help attract new users
and contributors (such as those at the company I originally referred
to). Does this sound like something I should pursue with respect to
finding the resources to cover this work? Would someone here be
willing and able to provide the necessary training content?

If there is sufficient (genuine) interest I will continue to pursue,
but if there wasn't enough community energy behind it I don't see how
I can make it work so will just drop it.

Ross



On 19 March 2012 22:47, Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io> wrote:
> No, tho Adobe has started creating a bunch of them lately. [1] I think
> its a good start but this content should be free, as in source, and in
> a more discoverable place (like our docs).
>
> Its been an education process for everyone. =/
>
> And anyhow, I think this might be a different thing altogether.
> Something wherein we create an example video and add it to the docs
> ... opening up the opportunity for someone else to contribute an
> example translated. Also, we need to reopen the training materials.
>
> [1] http://tv.adobe.com/show/adc-presents-phonegap/
>
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM, Filip Maj <fil@adobe.com> wrote:
>> Brian have we made publicly available any of the webcasts we recorded/gave
>> as Nitobi over the past two years or so?
>>
>> On 3/16/12 3:02 AM, "Ross Gardler" <rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
>>
>>>On 7 March 2012 19:32, Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io> wrote:
>>>> Hey Ross, sorry for the delayed response! Been meaning to answer this.
>>>> The short answer is we try to be available as possible in every place
>>>> possible. We're all over twitter, irc, stackoverflow, the various
>>>> mailing lists and confs. When at Nitobi we did regular webcasts and
>>>> in-person training (monthly). Thats dropped off of late. Formalizing
>>>> our in person training would be good.
>>>
>>>As a start I'd be very interested in exploring the webcast idea. If
>>>there is sufficient momentum from Cordova devs to make this happen
>>>then I'd like to see what we can do as a trial. Is there any
>>>information about the kinds of webcasts you ran and which worked well?
>>>
>>>Ross
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM, Ross Gardler
>>>> <rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
>>>>> I was recently at an event in Sri Lanka. At this event I discussed
>>>>> Cordova with a number of employees from a large IT services company
>>>>> called Virtusa (predominantly India based but with offices in a number
>>>>> of countries). They currently use PhoneGap and were very excited to
>>>>> hear that it was coming to Apache as Cordova.
>>>>>
>>>>> The main problem they had was upskilling their developers. It sounded
>>>>> like there was the potential for widespread use of the Callback code
>>>>> within Virtusa but that training was an issue. Obviously not all their
>>>>> developers would be coming to this community but it was felt that a
>>>>> number might be interested in getting involved and addressing the
>>>>> problems their teams come up against. We therefore discussed ways of
>>>>> kickstarting their involvement.
>>>>>
>>>>> Naturally I discussed some of my own ideas with them, but before we
>>>>> discuss those I wonder if the community ever did this kind of work in
>>>>> the past before coming to the ASF? Do you have any models that have
>>>>> worked well for you in the past?
>>>>>
>>>>> Ross
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
>>>>> Programme Leader (Open Development)
>>>>> OpenDirective http://opendirective.com
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>--
>>>Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
>>>Programme Leader (Open Development)
>>>OpenDirective http://opendirective.com
>>



-- 
Ross Gardler (@rgardler)
Programme Leader (Open Development)
OpenDirective http://opendirective.com

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