Patches: Stories of Open Source

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Beginner

Excerpt

Open source software is awesome. It provides the tools for our jobs, our hobbies, and our dreams. And anyone can contribute!

Despite that openness, though, I hesitated for years before getting involved.

Description

Open source software is awesome. It provides the tools for our jobs, our hobbies, and our dreams. And anyone can contribute!

Despite that openness, though, I hesitated for years before getting involved. It was hard to know where to start, and intimidating to put my code out there. But I made the leap, and you can too!

Looking at a series of patches across several Ruby projects, we’ll learn how to break through those barriers to entry. We’ll see what small but worthwhile changes look like. We’ll investigate how to spot where existing code can be improved. Then we’ll step through the process, keeping an eye along the way on how to make things easy for the project maintainers.

If you’ve ever wanted to get into open source but don’t know where to start, this talk is for you!

Tags

Open Source, Ruby

Speaking experience

I've spoken at a number of conferences over the past two years, many of which are online at http://www.confreaks.com/presenters/1621-jason-clark. I also spoke last year at OS Bridge and loved it!

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