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From Alex Fernández <afm...@tid.es>
Subject Re: How can I become a developer
Date Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:15:15 GMT
Hi Gareth!

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will correct me if I'm wrong -- I'll offer
you what I've found out.

GARETH.LEACHMAN@chase.com wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have been following the messages from this thread.
>
> I have also been thinking of trying to join this group.

So are many of us. However, it seems that this works like secret societies:
they must appoint you to be a committer ;)

Anyway, no need to commit (that is, full access to the CVS tree) to join in
all the fun. All you have to do is spot a problem you'd like solved, and Just
Do It!(tm)

> I have read all the documentation, the open-source articles, etc.

The best place to start, to get a feeling of the thing yourself, is the source
code itself. There's about 40K lines right now in 3.3m1, so take it easy.

Perhaps the class diagrams will help you to start:

http://nagoya.apache.org/~costin/tomcat3

> It occurs to me that the only way to join is to find a problem by running
> it on your own system through various personallized test, and then
> informing the group of the problem, and then coming up with your own
> solution.

You don't need personalized tests, just use your servlets or JSP application.
If you don't have one, now is the time to begin!

> Is this the only way, or have I missed a note as to were a log of existing
> problems is that I can choose from and start working on?

I think I read somewhere that the most important thing was to have fun, sorry
I cannot remember the exact source. So you can pick from existing bug-reports,
build a challenging and complicated system, write javadoc or user
documentation, do some code-reviewing, build new test suites... Whatever you
feel you're better at.

Again, please note that I'm also learning how the whole thing works, so take
my opinions cum mica salis (that's what english folks would say "with a grain
of salt" :)

Un saludo,

Alex.



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