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From Patricia Shanahan <>
Subject Re: Starting Introduction to Contributing to Apache OpenOffice Module
Date Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:45:42 GMT
Welcome aboard, Ed.

More comments interleaved.

On 9/2/2016 11:44 PM, Phillip Rhodes wrote:
> Welcome to the project, Ed.  Don't sweat the lack of C++ experience.  Not
> everything is in C++, and
> you can pick up the C++ knowledge as you go.  I'm in a little bit of the
> same boat, as I *was* a C++
> programmer - about 15 years ago.   It's been quite a while for me, so I'm
> going to have to basically
> relearn C++ to get into AOO development.  But hey, it'll be a fun
> experience in it's own right anyway!

Specifically, some of the code is in Java, which a C# programmer may 
pick up even quicker than C++.

> As to the rest of your questions, I'll defer to other more experienced
> members of the project to offer
> their commentary.
> Cheers,
> Phil
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> On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 10:25 PM, Ed Fallin <> wrote:
>> Hello there —
>> Having read an article in Ars about your difficulties keeping a large
>> group on the project, I’d like to join.  It looks like you have a C++ code
>> base, whereas my experience is primarily in C#.  I have touched on and read
>> upon C++ though.  My day job is a dev in a C# base, and I’m doing some of
>> my own stuff in that technology of an evening, primarily web-facing with an
>> emphasis on using abstraction and design to enhance feature sets with fewer
>> lines of code.  I’ve been programming professionally for about 5 years, I
>> follow the principles of clean code and TDD in my work.
>> I’m located in California, SoCal to be specific.

Where in SoCal? I live in El Cajon, east side of San Diego.

>> C# notwithstanding, if you’d value my joining your work, I’d like to do a
>> little bit here and there at first to get solid in C++, avoiding memory
>> leaks and so on (if those are still an issue — is there a GC now?), perhaps
>> with let’s say "enhanced review” from a tolerant mentor.  As time goes by I
>> could address bigger topics with minimal support.
>> Is this reasonable?  Helpful?

Very reasonable. Experience in any C-derived object-orientated language 
is likely to be helpful.

What systems do you have available for development? Windows? Mac? Linux? ...

>> Someone please let me know!
>> — Ed Fallin
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