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From "Rob S." <rsli...@home.com>
Subject RE: Tomcat 4.0 Milestone 4
Date Sat, 04 Nov 2000 05:00:46 GMT
Hi Mike,

> to these projects (Tomcat), but maybe some of us are intimidated by the
> level of apparent expertise required for this stuff. (Then again,

For me, it's a combination of expertise and startup time.  The time and
effort for us (re: aspiring, psyched Java guys), to get from "Read something
in STATUS.HTML" to "Implement feature" or "Fix bug" is pretty scary, for me
at least!

Then again, by the time you go from read bug -> fix bug, you'll have learned
tons.  I'm sure you've had similar experiences when you have to fix
something tiny in something you've never worked on.  By the end of it, you
know their code probably better than they did, or else you wouldn't be in
there fixing it ;)  Of course all code has bugs, etc. just an exaggeration
of course.

> for the last decade? Do you have the servlet spec pasted on your wall?

I completely know what you mean.  I save most all of the messages coming out
of Sun and from other people who post a lot.  The stuff these guys say is
just gold (most of the time =)  I really should get around to reading the
specs, which I have Xmas ear-marked for.

> if I could help make it a more viable option for everyone
> (including myself
> and my company) then I would love to do it.

This, and a combination of what I think Costin said (re: desire to fix
something that's bothering you?)... I thought the docs were in pretty
hurting shape when I was trying to learn Tomcat, which you can glean from
the amount of questions I originally posted to the user list =)  so anyways,
yeah I took that on between summer-fall semesters and laid off when school
started again.  OH yeah, and there was this NullPointerException I used to
get all the time, so I traced it down in the source but someone had already
fixed it in a 3.2beta.  I didn't know HOW to fix it, I just saw where it
happened.  I learned a lot about the source, and it was pretty cool.

W.t.h. am I talking about again?  I dunno, it's too late.  I hope something
I said made sense!

- r


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