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  • On developing things Toms Bauģis, 27.07.2012
  • Me● 1999-2007 - Riga - Tieto Konts● 2007-2011 - Galway, Ireland - Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI)● 2012 - Parse.ly
  • What ill talk about
  • The Hamster story
  • Open Source● take apart● modify● use
  • GNOME● desktop environment (just like windows / apple)● core applications - file manager, calculator, clock, etc
  • Project Hamsterhttp://projecthamster.wordpress.com/
  • GUADEC (GNOME User andDeveloper Conference)● Focused● Cheap● Awesome
  • How can i contribute?
  • 6 days after the conferenceWork on hamster is going on. Ive masteredGlade basics, and how to connect to SQLite,and now im learning how to install/distribute files
  • +4d"i was bending my brains yesterday trying tomake it all look object-oriented but i hope to have a first version really soon"
  • +11d - patient zeroI kinda fixed dependencies and some other things so it should be possible to install it now
  • Started blog another 4 days later
  • Fast forward 4 months first serious contributions
  • From there● Patryk pushed us to get in shape for inclusion in GNOME● That meant exposure and translations● As a result hamster is now translated in 65+ languages and used by 50k+ people around the globe
  • Managed to make somethingactually useful
  • Few personal takeaways
  • Few personal takeawaysBeginnings can be slow enjoyed every bit
  • Few personal takeaways Sometimes the hardestpart is to take the plunge
  • So how hard can it be?(without any prior experience in the field)
  • ● 3 hours to draw a rectangle● +2h to make the chart
  • Few personal takeawaysDont be shy about how you do it its about the result
  • Few personal takeawaysDont be shy of the result If somebody thinks they can do better - let them
  • Few personal takeawaysThere are lots of people out there but recruiting matters
  • Few personal takeawaysUse the source its open
  • Few personal takeawaysRelease early,release often
  • What excites me about open source
  • What excites me about open sourceScrew moneymoney talk is boring
  • What excites me about open source Free tutoringfrom patch reviews to patches and feedback
  • What excites me about open sourceYou are in control Fix it
  • What excites me about open sourceEveryone is in control
  • Parse.ly Dash http://parse.ly/
  • Right now● 12 people on team (7 devs)● some of our customers ○ mashable ○ thenextweb ○ ars technica● 55 million hits a day (~600/s)● 70 rackspace servers; moving to colo
  • How I became employee #4
  • "First off... we want tothank you for Hamster - I use it every day..."
  • Luckily turned out to be not that different from OSS apart from being full-time
  • Not that different● can be wherever internet is● working in a small, focused and diverse team● lot of the communication is async● flat[-ter] structure - parsely is me● meeting in person roughly every 6 month
  • Practicalities
  • Communication● IRC/Jabber● yammer (fenced facebook)● email● google docs
  • git & github for version control● comment on commits & commit lines● notifications of commits in IRC● unit tests fired off via web hooks
  • Work organization● pivotal for stories● lighthouse for bugs● monday is bugday ○ winner gets a hackday for next bugday
  • Observations
  • ObservationsLead
  • ObservationsLearn
  • ObservationsPivot
  • ObservationsSurrender Control
  • ObservationsFlow
  • To wrap it up
  • Share your work and release often
  • Do it yourselfor whatever floats your boat
  • Start small and iterate
  • Yes - now is good! in case you were wondering
  • Check yourself
  • before you
  • wreck yourself
  • Thanks!http://tiny.cc/tm-techhub