Tips for getting started with open sourcePublished 2019-06-24. Updated 2019-06-24.
The open source movement represents a tremendous opportunity for developers like you. It can help you improve your coding and communication skills while learning to effectively collaborate with strangers. It might provide you with fulfillment, a sense that you are contributing to The Greater Good. Or perhaps it will just help to make your resume look a bit better.
But if you haven’t contributed before, the open source community can seem intimidating, even if you’re an experienced developer. Open-sourcerers are geniuses, wizards, heroes! How could you possibly be so insolent as to request their attention, to waste their time with your questions and contributions?
I’m not an expert on open source, just someone who’s dabbled. I’m going to share some things that helped me and hopefully they will help you too.