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Career Magazine: Contributing to Open Source Projects

Jan 21, 2001, 12:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Day)

"There are many open source projects floating around on the Web. They take on various forms and include software from operating sytems (such as Linux) to Web servers (Apache), and browsers (Mozilla) to development tools and languages (Perl)...."

"Now let`s discuss a particular open source project to illustrate exactly how one might go about making contributions to the open source community. For this example, I have chosen a project operating under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation, the Jakarta Project http://jakarta .apache.org...."

"So, Jakarta is bringing standard Java Servlet and JSP support to Apache, and doing it in an open, collaborative, source-shared manner...."

"Participation on the mailing lists is a good way to get started. You can get a feel for the developer discussions and the project`s intracacies by reading the development lists while you simultaneously download the current source trees, and practice building and using the software on your own system...."

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