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How much helpful is participating in an open source programmes? Is it for the experts only?
Instead of thinking of assignments to at home, is it beneficial to participate in oepn source programmes?
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You get to learn quite a lot by participating in open source projects. "Is it only for experts ?" , well participation can be in various forms, like using sw., testing documenting, designing and coding. By participating you can gradually plan to climb up the ladder, but believe me you get lot to learn by doing so.
 
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Thanks Bhushan!
I alwaus wanted to participate but ended up thinking I am not up to the mark yet..just a feeling..
Your knowledge sharing gave inspiration to me. I have not tried it anytime.. but would just LOVE to!
Can you give a lil more guidance as to how do I go about it and any program you know already.
Thank you for the great help.
Tina
 
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If I plan to volunteer my weekends to open source programmes, will it be possible? Are you aware of the terms etc of work? where can I find/get help?
Tina
 
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There are many interesting projects around on http://sourceforge.net/
Apart from that there are lots of project on http://jakarta.apache.org
Apart from these, if you look at any open source projects website, you will find a small link almost always with "Contribute/Participate" or some synonym of these.
All the best...
 
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Thanks a lot Bhushan!
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And how is the demand for people expert/semi-expert on open source projects?
 
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Well experts/semi-experts definitely can contribute more than beginners in many ways
 
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Hi,
To participate in open source project u surf this site
www.noumenaut.com
Cheers
Geeta
 
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Geeta,
Are there any java projects available at this site?
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We don't have any formal open source projects at JavaRanch, although if you have an idea for one which you think would be useful to the community, I think we would be open to it, if viable.
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Good Idea....
 
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Count me in!!
Would be great Mark.
Tina
 
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And count me also, Mark!
 
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That's a very good idea. Please count me in!!!
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Anyone can work on an open-source project. Although you can set up one on SourceForge, one of mine - the EJBWizard is hosted on my own servers - you can find it by looking at the listing of open-source projects at freshmeat.net.
I'm also working on a JSR-88 server implementation on an alternate sourceforge set up (I think) by the objectweb.org group in France.
I think working with open source is a good way to become a better software designer/programmer, since if your project is interesting, people give you feedback. However it hasn't helped me get a new job so far, which I think is what some here have been asking.
 
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No.. not me Tim. I want to be exposed to good code and standards. On my own I cannot think of an excercise to do.. Also ideas come up in a team.
I have a curiosity about how a project in itself is carried out when no one can see each other?
Should be difficult.. lot of scope for misunderstanding.. so I feel it will improve my communication also.
Well, are my expectations fair?
Tina
 
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If anyone is unemployed and willing to putting in a decent amount of time, an organization with whom I volunteer has some open source projects it would like to get done. I can potentially help with requirements definitions, and ultimately provide some type of letter of reference for future jobs (although will have to be honest about it being a remote project).
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Is there something which Im not actually expecting but will end up getting
Tina
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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