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Old 02-03-2003, 11:40 AM   #1
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how do you become involved in development of software, and what kind of background do you need to have?

do you have to be able to program? if so what language?
 
Old 02-03-2003, 12:28 PM   #2
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This is a "How long is a piece of string?" kinda question!

I reckon most people pick up the programming skills at University or high school (of course the best programmers taught themselves though) and then got involved in open source projects because they really want to! I recently tested some aspx pages for mono:: but only because I know some ASP.NET stuff, and like the idea of a .NET platform port!!!!

Skills? Well, ask the person who's posted for help on the sourceforge page (or wherever) - they might ask for specific skills but oftentimes, they might just need someone to deal with documentation so you'd be a kinda secretary (but a very crucial one!) for the project. In this repsect, only English is needed

Otherwise, well, what can you do and what are you interested in?

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Old 02-03-2003, 12:32 PM   #3
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see thats my problem.

I have seen the program adour, which is a music program and I would love to help develop it and bring it on, possibly to the same standards a cubase (its not that far away at the moment by the looks of things)

But I dont know any programming, but would be more than willing to learn, and I have a realtive who could help me too.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 12:41 PM   #4
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well you have to me able to provide a useful service. if you want to be a programmer but can't program then that's not likely to be much use. Helping in a project is not a good way to learn to program. if you write substandard code (i personally still think *I* do) then developers of a large project are just going to reject everything you contribute, and quite rightfully. it's not kindergarten. You may well be able to help with things such as documentation translation, artwork etc... many programs are delveoped inside a framework such as the one instigated at sourceforge.netm where devekopers can advertise specific jobs and so forth, so you can see if there is somethign there that you could do. however i'm sure you can appreciate that as much as you wouldn't get a job for somethign you are not qualified in, you won't get your attempts at coding into a large project if it is not good enough.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 12:49 PM   #5
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oh god yeah I completely understand that.

I was just wondering where I would need to start, im so determined this is going to be a turning point for me.

I will look at the site and see what help people are looking for and I can cut my first teeth there.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 02:10 PM   #6
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well, if you want to help program, learn a language... I write a couple of programs by myself http://acidrip.thirtythreeandathird.net and am pretty proud of them, however i would still not even begin to consider contributing to larger projects as i don't think i'm good enough.
 
Old 02-03-2003, 02:19 PM   #7
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that looks pretty good.

Im going to speak to my fiancee brother who is an actual programmer and see if he would like to maybe either show me or get involved.
 
  


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