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To Which Open Source Projects Do You Contribute?

October 06, 2008
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Are you regularly contributing to any open source projects? Which ones?

How many contributions have you made? What attracted you to them?


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Beside some minor contributions to other projects (like the Seagull PHP framework), I mostly contributed to the Scintilla and SciTE project.

For a simple reason: I wanted to do my own editor (who hasn't? ;-)) and while searching algorithms to do that efficiently, I discovered Scintilla which I found extremely interesting and well made.

So instead of doing yet another half-backed editor, I chose to contribute... I had the best of two worlds: a solid base to start on, and a project leader flexible enough to accept most decently written contributions that doesn't break his view of the project. So I could inject most of the features I needed.

Note that when I started on this C++ project, I was a newbie on OO concepts and on C++. Although I had already a good experience in programming in general and C in particular. But it shows you don't have to be very experienced to contribute usefully to an open source project. I know I learned lot from this one.

answered October 06, 2008
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Mozilla (used to contribute daily when I had more time). Three reasons:

  • I use it and am interested in web.
  • It's a very complex piece of software, so it was interesting to figure out how it works. Coincidentally, it is an excellent way to improve your skills.
  • It had very little documentation, and I enjoyed writing some of it and help others with their questions.
answered October 06, 2008
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I regulary contribute to RunUO, a complex server emulator for Ultima Online (an mmorpg, precursor of WoW). It's a fairly big project but every new thing or change can be easily tested while playing the game. For this reason it's some sort of relax because I can combine some work with a hobby (RPG) and can help other people the same time, too.

Maybe it's no mainstream-project, but thats making it only more interesting for me.

answered October 06, 2008
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The open-source hack I made which clued me onto why having source was better was xGalaga. I'd been given a laptop which only had 400px of vertical space on screen, and xGal needed 440 or so. I couldn't play the game on my "new" laptop until I changed the rules to fit my ship onscreen.

Initially open-source tools were better for me because when I didn't understand how they worked, I could read the code and understand it better. Now I feel confident enough to contribute back the issues and fixes I find. Currently, mostly web projects - Drupal, CiviCRM, WordPress, Trac especially.

answered January 06, 2009
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I regularly work on and contribute to DotNetNuke. For me it was about satisfying some need I had at the time. Once I got involved, it seemed pretty natural to stay involved. There are a ton of features I would love to see added, and not enough time to get them all implemented.

I have also contributed to DotNetOpenId and have released a few small pieces of code into the Open Source community, although I don't actively work on them.

answered October 06, 2008
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I can't say I contribute regularly, but I did post some patches to vim (incorporated), trilead SSH for java (server implementation, still in the queue), glibc (was already fixed by the time I wrapped the patch up, doh...), bdb-je (bugfix patch) and proxool (maybe some others I forgot).

I usually send patches if I find some bug or missing feature that I need, and I can fix/implement it :) Getting my feature patches incorporated in the "mainline" makes my life easier, as others can improve it, and I don't have to hassle with applying my patches to new releases.

answered October 06, 2008