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Hi,
I read about many projects available in sourceforge.net, my question how to choose one? after I join in one project what happens next? I am so confused that since I dont' any professional experience will I be able to join any projects?
please give me some suggestions on how to get involved in a project.
thanks
 
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Hi,
I do not remember every single steps, but it follows the similar logic.
1. Select Foundries
2. Select Project Help Wanted in Sf.net Resources
3. Select the Category you desire
4. Pick the Title - to see your appropriate requirement level
5. Register with Project Admin to join that particular group
6. In your case, utilize your college senior project and intern experience.
7. It may involve with a technical competency interview.
8. You download the particular piece(s) and work on it.
9. You will not work in isolation, constantly upload your project status to the group.
10. If time on your side, you may want to join the same project on variety of category for the purpose of develop a well round skills.
11. Check on the site often even after you have done your share to see the project progress.
12. You are legally using your part(s) of the project to include into your experience while applying for the real job.
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MCao
 
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Matt, I think you misunderstood. He doesn't want to start one, he wants to join one.
Basically just look around and fine one which interests you. Contact the project owners and talk to them about a piece of the project which would be the right scope for you. Then download the code, work on it, and check it back in.
I'll bet sourceforge has some general instructions somewhere on the site.
--Mark
 
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
Matt, I think you misunderstood. He doesn't want to start one, he wants to join one.
Basically just look around and fine one which interests you. Contact the project owners and talk to them about a piece of the project which would be the right scope for you. Then download the code, work on it, and check it back in.
I'll bet sourceforge has some general instructions somewhere on the site.
--Mark


there's a "wanted" link. Open source projects post their needs for developer/system admin/gui designer/web app/etc... so you select the one you want and follow the instructions. You have to have an account in SF.
I did all that coz I wanted to join an opensource project. I found 4 projects that I liked, and sent a separate emails to the members of these projects. I never got a response (not even a "thank you, we need a more experienced developer " ).
I'm looking for some other open source projects not hosted at SF. I definitely want to join one, even if I start doing only documentation
 
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BTW Mano, have a look at this link and follow the links you're interested at.
 
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Andres,
I share the same feeings like yours, being a Java new comer make it more difficult for me to find a open source project that is right for my scope or the project admin's scope !
Yes, I can start from documentation too.



I did all that coz I wanted to join an opensource project. I found 4 projects that I liked, and sent a separate emails to the members of these projects. I never got a response (not even a "thank you, we need a more experienced developer " ).
I'm looking for some other open source projects not hosted at SF. I definitely want to join one, even if I start doing only documentation


[ November 12, 2003: Message edited by: chi Lin ]
 
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Thanks for all the replies..
I feel the same as you two do.. there are numbers of projects available..., I have given emails but have not got any replies from the project admin.
Any advice how to start working on a project so that we would get some experience?
thanks a lot,
 
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Hi,
Wow! How's things have changed? I think the reason for project members ignore your email due to tons of emails they received already. Only respond to the one that suitable to them.
Have you think about Artificial Intelligent project? JOONE. They may have something interesting at that site.
Regards,
MCao
 
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Rather than jsut picking projects off the list, you'll have better success I think if you demonstrate that the project in question is one that you want to join is one that genuinely interests you and that you already have some familiarity with.
Yeah, even in OSS, in order to get experience you need to be experienced
Fortunately, that's not so hard. If you join the project's discussion group and make a proper irritant of yourself, the team will probably invite you in just to get less talk and more action. Or, if you can come up with some really great improvement and submit it, they may invite you in. If documentation's your forte, write/improve something. Almost ALL projects are missing important introductory documentation because by the time the authors knew what the basics were, they were so familiar with them that they didn't even realize anything need be written - that's how I ended up publishing an Intro to Struts article.
 
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