Contribute to opensource: the right way 3nd edition
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Contribute to opensource: the right way 3nd edition

Open Source is a trending topic today but how can you learn all or some of the skills required to create or contribute to a project opened to the world? This book is my experience in the last 12 years, what I learn and what are the best practice from someone in the field.

About the Book

This book is my experience in the last 12 years, what I learn and what are the best practice from someone in the field.

The book is open source as well, you can pay (I will choose where send the money as they go in to different Open source projects) or get free.

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About the Author

Daniele Scasciafratte
Daniele Scasciafratte

Daniele Scasciafratte, an Italian skilled developer with experiences on community building, development and localization on open source projects.

Reader Testimonials

Elisabetta Carrara
Elisabetta Carrara

Open source is as a global philosophy. As a "lifestyle".

It is not a generalization as [the book] define it at the beginning. Usually we tend to relegate this philosophy to small niches. Instead it relies on high values of the human being and should (could) cause a revolution for the better if applied sincerely in every field.

Takeshi Hamasaki
Takeshi Hamasaki

Writing about how to contribute is more valuable than contributing itself

Giving wider impact for the world, especially for open source projects. It is also taken up how to gather the power of volunteers not only contributing by yourself alone.

André Jaenisch
André Jaenisch

What contribute to Open Source mean?

When you ask people, what does contributing to Open Source mean, they will think of code. But there's more. Let Daniele give you ideas on how you can be part of a community.

Table of Contents

  • How to read this book
      • What you will find
      • What are the hints of this book
      • License
      • Tools used
      • Legend
      • Contacts
      • Donation
  • My (open source) story
      • Let’s start with the flashback!
      • How I started to contribute to open source projects
      • Why everything started with a Linux Day
      • Mozilla, my house
      • WordPress where my job and passions meet
      • Last flashback
      • Addendum (third edition)
    • Conclusion
  • My (or your new) philosophy
      • Do ut des
      • Reporting
      • The virtuosity of reports
      • How to evolve it to the next Pokemon
      • How to manage a new project or a legacy one
    • Conclusion
  • Contributor Mode
      • Donating money is not enough
      • How to live inside the Open Source
    • Conclusion
  • Gotta catch ‘em all
      • Just ask yourself few questions
      • Which questions you should ask yourself?
    • Conclusion
  • What are the most common areas of activity?
      • First level activities
      • Second level activities
    • Conclusion
  • How to find the most important value that you have: Time
      • To-do list
      • Optimization of tasks
      • Use your boredom/break times
      • Leadership
      • Delegating
      • Burnout
    • Conclusion
  • Documentation! Documentation! Documentation!
      • How to analyze an activity
      • How to organize a social campaign
      • Define the issues on onboarding
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
      • What is the future of the open source world in the next years?
      • The Italian case
      • Thanks
      • Books that you need to read
      • Other resources
  • Appendix 1 for Community Managers
      • What is a community manager? A Project Maintainer?
      • Divide your community members to various levels
      • How to do productive discussions
      • How to manage a meeting
      • How to approach a problem/improvement or how to organize a new project/team
      • How to communicate
      • How to talk with people
      • How to write reports
      • Why you need a script for your next event
      • Communication channels
      • How to do a roadmap
  • Appendix 2 for Tech Speakers
      • Schema to expose at the best your thoughts
      • Ways to get inspiration (especially for funny facts)
      • How to talk to the audience
      • How to write a talk
      • How to write a tech article
      • Be ready for a CFP
  • Appendix 3 for Mentors
      • Open source is not for everyone
      • What it means to be a mentor
      • Motivate your mentees

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