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From Timothy Chen <>
Subject Re: (perceived) barriers to entry
Date Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:06:59 GMT
Hi Tim,

I'm a new comer that want to but haven't contributed yet.

Where are the easy bugs?



On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM, Tim McNamara

> After chatting with Noah S on Twitter, I offered to jot up some
> thoughts on things that my reduce or eliminate perceived barriers to
> entry to work on CouchDB.
> Here are a few things that I've been able to think of. In the course
> of researching this mail though, I've actually answered many of my own
> questions.
> "serious business"
> A database seems like the kind of project that only extremely talented
> people would touch. People depend on the code working. Getting started
> would require quite a bit of confidence. Am I good enough?
> "Erlang, wtf"
> This is a barrier that I've been facing for a while. I'm actually in
> the process of learning Erlang, trying to expand my horizons from
> Python. Still, a new language makes it harder to have the required
> confidence.
> "I still don't understand rereduce"
> I'm personally not 100% clear on how queries work. This is even after
> using the db for a while. I don't want to look like a stupid idiot in
> front of great developers. Therefore, there's a high risk of offering
> suggestions and getting told to "RTFM"
> "Where are the easy bugs?"
> [solved]
> "wow, big code base"
> Is there any documentation on how to project is laid out? Stepping
> into a new project is always a little daunting.
> "Apache project?"
> As someone outside of the ASF, I don't really know what contributing
> on an Apache project means.

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