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7 secrets of successful opensource developers

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How to succeed as an opensource developer.

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7 secrets of successful opensource developers

  1. 1. 7 Secrets of SuccessfulOpenSource Developers By Dimitris Andreadis Software Engineering Manager JBoss Application Server JBoss, by Red Hat
  2. 2. How they do it?
  3. 3. The Basics
  4. 4. OpenSource Developers Curriculum Programming Skills  Communication Skills  Algorithms  Etiquette  Programming Languages  Project web site  Libraries/Frameworks  Mailing lists  Build tools  Forums  IDEs  IRC  Version control  Wikis  Continuous Testing  Blogs  Issue/Bug tracking  Podcasts  Profilers/Debuggers  Marketing
  5. 5. OpenSource Developers Plan Find an interesting project* Follow closely the project developments Become an active/vocal member Establish yourself in the community Climb up the ladder (User, Contributor, Committer, Lead?) Present the Project at conferences *or start your own
  6. 6. Where to start? http://www.jboss.org/projects
  7. 7. The 7 Secrets
  8. 8. #1 Passion
  9. 9. Passion – you gotta love this stuff You are going to spend a lot of time doing it  Most probably without pay You need to take pride and believe in it  How else will others believe in you? Success is anything but guaranteed  So you may just as well enjoy the journey
  10. 10. #2 Focus
  11. 11. Focus – on the right things To become an expert  Gurus know few things really well  Avoid distractions To be one step ahead  What is the next big thing?  What is the state of the art?  What are the latest standards? Solve real-world problems  Where is the added value?  What can be extended?  Whats missing?
  12. 12. #3 Persistence
  13. 13. Persistence – want to be a Champion? There is no silver bullet  You need to work hard  In you spare time, too But there are only 24h in a day  Make it part of your work  Make it part of your studies It is a Marathon  With short Sprints  No Pain, No Gain
  14. 14. #4 Mastery
  15. 15. Mastery – develop your skills A developer needs 5-8 years of coding experience  i.e. Senior level and higher  The 10,000 hour/10 years rule Source code is the absolute truth  Study other peoples code  The best training you can get may the Source Code as much as you can be with you...  In different languages and environments  Using a variety of tools and frameworks
  16. 16. #5 Motivation
  17. 17. Motivation – Just Do It® Open Source is a culture of Doers  Just get it done  Show me the code Open Source is a culture of Freedom  Need to figure out yourself what needs to be done  Take the initiative to drive new things
  18. 18. #6 Connections
  19. 19. Connections – People I know... Find mentors/bosses/leaders/teams that inspire you  Seek to work with the best  Prepare to feel intimidated There will always be a bigger Geek than You! Communicate effectively  English is the Lingua Franca of OpenSource  Be tolerant to incoming traffic, conservative with outgoing traffic
  20. 20. #7 Luck
  21. 21. Luck – when preparation meets opportunity* Expect the unexpected Positive and negative surprises But think positive  No venture, no gain Prepare the field  And good things will happen When things dont work out at all  Move on! *Seneca
  22. 22. Recap
  23. 23. Recap – The 7 Secrets1. Passion2. Focus3. Persistence4. Mastery5. Motivation6. Connections7. Luck
  24. 24. The End
  25. 25. dimitris@redhat.com dandreadis.blogspot.com

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