Contributing to open source is a great way to give back to a project you care about, grow a community around software, and help make a project more useful. But often those who want to contribute have a few assumptions or misconceptions that prevent them from making that first pull request, including:
If those sound familiar, this talk is for you. Lucy Wyman discusses several ways open source projects need your help, what to look for in a project you’re contributing to, and some first steps to making your first pull request. The truth is that everyone who uses a technology can help that technology, whether by submitting a bug report, correcting a spelling error in documentation, submitting a patch to fix a bug, adding unit tests, updating dependencies. . .the list goes on.
Lucy Wyman is a software engineer in test for Puppet Labs, where she automates tests and develops testing infrastructure for Puppet orchestrator, PCP, and PE core. Lucy holds a BS in computer science from Oregon State University, where she worked as a frontend engineer for the OSU Open Source Lab. She spends her free time hanging out with friends, hiking, experiencing new things, and enjoying a wide variety of podcasts, TV shows, blogs, books, and other media. You can find out what she’s thinking on her blog.
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