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From Shardul Bhatt <>
Subject Re: Contribution for Research
Date Wed, 26 May 2010 15:30:13 GMT
Hi All,

I am Shardul Bhatt, a Software Developer from India.

I have used Lucene on a project and am keen to contribute to Lucene.

I know it takes much more than just the desire to be able to contribute to
Open Source. At this point in time I am trying to figure out how to go about
it. Apparently the most widely accepted method is to use it and debug it,
using Eclipse, to understand how it all gels together. This method is
certainly good but the initial effort is huge and needs a lot of motivation
to hang on.

I believe what Alberto is suggesting would help many like me who have been
dreaming(honestly) and struggling to become capable of contributing to Open
Source. It would maybe reduce the initial effort by about say 20% but that's
good enough.

Alberto: If there is anything I can do to be of help to you, please feel
free to drop me an email.


On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM, Alberto Bacchelli <
> wrote:

> Dear Lucene developers,
>  I'm Alberto Bacchelli, a Ph.D. student in software engineering.
> We want to help new developers who join a new software system, and
> we believe that a good first impression would attract more contributors.
> Imagine a new developer joining Lucene:
> As a first step, he needs a high-level view of the system.
> Then, and this is what we want to address, he needs to know
> what the most important classes of the system are --the hotspots.
> We'd like to find *automated* methods to suggest a newbie
> which classes he should start to study/understand.
> To find the best recommendation method, we must know
> the important classes of the system, and you,
> as the system developers, are the only ones who can
> answer this question.
> If you agree to do so (and I really hope so :) )
> we will create a small questionnaire for you,
> that will take less than 15 minutes to be completed.
> Thank you very much for reading this e-mail.
> Please, reply to this thread or send me an e-mail
> if you want to participate, and/or give me feedback.
> Cheers,
>  Alberto
> PS: Since we want our work to respect the free software philosophy,
> if you agree, we would make all your answers public (anonymyzed if you
> wish)
> as a benchmark, so that other researchers can use your answers to propose
> even better techniques for this task.
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