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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: New member's introduction - Tomas Zahradnik
Date Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:54:16 GMT
On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM, Tomáš Zahradník <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am a high school (gymnasial) student in 12th grade from Czech Republic,
> Prague. Since programming belongs to my biggest interests, I have a great
> motivation to extend my knowledge and gain valuable experiences. So far I
> have been learning through books, contests (codeforces, topcoder) and
> mostly through writting projects with bus factor 1. I dare to change it.

Hello Tomáš,

Welcome to the Apache OpenOffice project!

We have many university students volunteering with the project, but I
think you are our first high school student.

> Therefore I want to join Apache OpenOffice. I am slightly advanced in C++
> and Java. I have just finished an engine for a card game called Raining
> (variety of mau-mau) and going to post it as open source with hope of
> finding someone who would help with UI (plus I created four different
> strategies how to play the game, run simulation and did statistics).


> As beginner with open sources I am still a little bit confused and not sure
> where it would be the best to start. I would be glad for some advice.

Well, you start with what you already know.

What operating system do you want to develop on?  We build on Windows,
Linux and MacOS.  Most developers will tell you that it is easier to
get started on Linux or MacOS.

We have some "New Volunteer Orientation" pages to help new volunteers
learn more about the project and how it works.  If you are working on
an open source project for the first time it is good to review these

Then, when you get to the "Introduction to Development" page, it will
try to help you get started with your first build of OpenOffice.  But
I can almost guarantee that your build will not work at first.  So
if/when you get an error, and can't solve it, post a question to the
list and one of the other developers will try to help.

Once you have a working build, then let us know.  We have a list of
"easy tasks" that you might want to try.


> Thank you.
> Tomas Zahradnik

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