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[Tutor] mentorship

Christopher Conner
Hello folks -

I'm a little lost and seek a mentor to accelerate the learning curve  
associated with open-source development, with python in particular but not  
exclusively.

I've been an computer enthusiast / amateur programmer for 20 years. Too,  
in the past few years I've researched a variety of related topics:  
historical computer culture, modern security and cryptography, Linux  
administration and the philosophy of software development.

I also have some working knowledge of apache, website design and a compsci  
degree from 10 years ago.

NOW WHAT? HELP!

I've got some free time and I feel like I should pick an open source  
project and begin contributing, but the options are just staggering. I've  
narrowed things down to the Python language - maybe the Plone project?  
maybe helping with documentation at first? Maybe testing?

I welcome any suggestions on any point or question given.
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Re: [Tutor] mentorship

Steven D'Aprano-8
Christopher Conner wrote:

> I've got some free time and I feel like I should pick an open source
> project and begin contributing, but the options are just staggering.
> I've narrowed things down to the Python language - maybe the Plone
> project? maybe helping with documentation at first? Maybe testing?

Think of a subject you are interested in.

Are there any useful projects related to that subject written in Python? If
not, write one! You can put code up on PyPI or Google's code hosting:

http://code.google.com/hosting/
http://pypi.python.org/

If there are existing projects, find one that does something you are
interested in, and try improving it:

- fix a bug
- write some tests
- add some documentation
- add some missing functionality



In other words: find an itch you have, and scratch it.



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Steven

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Re: [Tutor] mentorship

Mark Lawrence
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On 03/03/2012 03:49, Christopher Conner wrote:

> Hello folks -
>
> I'm a little lost and seek a mentor to accelerate the learning curve
> associated with open-source development, with python in particular but
> not exclusively.
>
> I've been an computer enthusiast / amateur programmer for 20 years. Too,
> in the past few years I've researched a variety of related topics:
> historical computer culture, modern security and cryptography, Linux
> administration and the philosophy of software development.
>
> I also have some working knowledge of apache, website design and a
> compsci degree from 10 years ago.
>
> NOW WHAT? HELP!
>
> I've got some free time and I feel like I should pick an open source
> project and begin contributing, but the options are just staggering.
> I've narrowed things down to the Python language - maybe the Plone
> project? maybe helping with documentation at first? Maybe testing?
>
> I welcome any suggestions on any point or question given.
> _______________________________________________
> Tutor maillist - [hidden email]
> To unsubscribe or change subscription options:
> http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/tutor
>

Start with http://pythonmentors.com/ ?

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Cheers.

Mark Lawrence.

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Christopher Conner
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Bob,

Fascinating - I am intrigued. I'll do some historical research in the mean  
time; please let me know how to get started.

Thank you very much,

Chris

On Sat, 03 Mar 2012 12:10:25 -0600, bob gailer <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I head an open-source project "Python Pipelines" and am currently  
> seeking folk like you who have some computer background and a desire to  
> contribute.
>
> I am creating a pure Python cross-platform version of IBM's CMS/TSO  
> Pipelilnes. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartmann_pipeline for a  
> description of IBM's project.
>
> There are many folk who (like me) work(ed) at IBM; encountered  
> Pipeliines and became happily dependent on it for solving problems with  
> ease. When we were not at IBM we wondered "where is Pipelines for my PC?"
>
> Others have created PC versions, so mine is not the only one. I think  
> mine has some special features and will find good use once it is  
> releasable.
>
> The only publicly accessible site for this project is at  
> http://code.google.com/p/python-pipelines
>
> There is no code there, just another description. Please read it.
>
> This project involves (of course) Python, regular expressions, parsing,  
> dynamically linking class instances, threads, etc etc.
>
> Would you like a more in-depth look, and possibly be willing to learn  
> and contribute?
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