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Chris Wells: "Intro to Contributing -or- How Can I Help?"

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:30pm

Drupal Nights

Davenport Conference Room
25 1st Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

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Contributing to any open source project can be intimidating, but particularly so with a project as large and successful as Drupal. It is because of this success that the Drupal community needs more contributors like you. How can you get over the hump of intimidation and help with the project?

This session will focus on the issue queue and how to use it. Most importantly, we will teach you how to find issues you can work on. We will also cover the following:

  • Tools needed to generate patches
  • Uploading and testing your patch
  • Testing and reviewing others’ patches
  • Mentoring & The Drupal Ladder

Chris Wells

I grew up in Western Mass, did my undergrad in Computer Science at Providence College, worked a couple jobs, then went off for my Masters in Technology Education at Appalachian State University. My first Drupal site was for a department at Harvard and used Drupal 4.7 (around 2005?) and we never looked back. Redfin Solutions started out as four guys moonlighting, but I used it to get myself through Grad School, and when that was all done (around 2009) we started to ramp it up to full time. We were still geographically dispersed but now call Portland, Maine home and intend to stick around a while.