A few events in a person’s life trigger sparks that won’t die. One of mine was learning about the “view source” option in the Netscape browser. It changed the way I thought about and used computers. Unfortunately, I wasn’t gifted with great software development skills, but I did my best. Still, I was angry and jealous of developers because I didn’t have the skills to commit code to an open source project.
Then I learned that open source is way more than code. A successful project requires documentation, translation, sponsorships, design, communication, guidelines, and community management to sustain itself. Join me as I explore the ways ways that people who do not have backgrounds in software engineering can contribute to the open source movement. Open source isn’t just a commit, a patch, or a pull request. It is about bringing humans together of all different skill sets, from different backgrounds, with different life experiences, and solving problems together.
Justin Dorfman is MaxCDN’s director of developer relations, where he is responsible for evangelizing the company’s technologies and championing the needs of developers who use the network. Justin started BootstrapCDN in 2012 and is heavily involved with the FOSS community, contributing to Bootstrap, Font Awesome, Grunt, Ionic, jQuery Foundation, Twemoji, Nginx, and OSSCDN.
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