November 21, 2018

The Beginner’s Guide to Contributing to Open Source Projects

The practice of building and maintaining open source software works because people from all over the world, of all abilities and backgrounds, form communities to support the projects they care about. It’s not difficult to support the open source projects you use every day, and the efforts you make will have tangible effects on the quality of that software.

Most open source projects don’t have a dedicated staff to support them. Instead, developers and users from around the world work on them, often in their spare time. For many programmers, though, the thought of contributing to open source projects seems too difficult and time-consuming. They think that you have to be a programming genius blessed with unlimited free time to make a meaningful contribution.

That’s simply not true. Successful open source projects thrive on a wide variety of contributions from people with all levels of coding skills and commitment. 

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