How to choose an open-source project

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A 5-min PyLadies lightning talk that I gave on Tuesday, 6/25/2013 on how to choose an open source project and what criteria to consider.

A 5-min PyLadies lightning talk that I gave on Tuesday, 6/25/2013 on how to choose an open source project and what criteria to consider.

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  • 1. How to choose an opensource project5-minute lightning talkJune 25, 2013Susan Tan@ArcTanSusan
  • 2. About MeBeginner contributor in● Django Documentation● OpenMRS6/25/2013
  • 3. More About Me● Software Engineer atFlixster● Hackbright AcademygraduateFlixster is hiring!6/25/2013
  • 4. Women in Free and Open-SourceSoftware (FOSS)● In the US today, women represent 25% of allsoftware developers and 18% of studentswith CS degrees.● Women are estimated to represent 3% ofFOSS contributors.6/25/2013 Source: Zhurakhinskaya
  • 5. Why does it matter?Source: Black Duck6/25/2013
  • 6. Personal Motivations● Access to different code bases: modules,APIs, front-end, database schema● Freedom to explore new technologies● The best developers are working in FOSS● Give back to community
  • 7. 6/25/2013How to pick an interesting project?
  • 8. How large and how active is thedeveloper community around potentialproject?6/25/2013Community
  • 9. How familiar are you with the tools thatthe potential project relies on?6/25/2013Technology Stack
  • 10. How extensive is the documentationboth for users and for developers?6/25/2013Documentation
  • 11. What are the resources available fornew contributors?6/25/2013Resources
  • 12. ● GNOME/FOSS remote internships and Google Summer of Code● Code Montage● Open Hatch● Camille Aceys blog post - "Get Involved in Open Source TODAY!"● A checklist on how to contribute to an open-source project: http://labs.openhatch.org/foss-contrib-guide/● "Finding an open-source project" by Vanessa Hurst: http://www.slideshare.net/CodeMontage/write-speakcode-finding-an-open-source-project● Personalized Git Repo recommender: http://gitrec.mortardata.com/● An online book: http://open-advice.org/Resources for New Contributors6/25/2013
  • 13. Cited Works"2013 Future of Open Source." Lecture. Web. Black Duck.Zhurakhinskaya, Marina. "Opening Open Source to Women." Women2.0.Women2.0, 15 May 2013. Web. 236/25/2013
  • 14. Questions? Comments? Feedback?Talk to me or tweet at me @ArcTanSusan