Open Source Comes to Campus/UMD

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Open Source Comes to Campus: UMD

This workshop is running February 25th and 26th. UMD College Park, starting at 10 AM in CSI 3118

Audience: anyone interested in getting started contributing to open source projects (in any capacity, including code, documentation, artwork, translations, and more). Additionally, the tools and skills we'll cover are universally useful and aren't typically taught in school, so anyone with an interest in the material is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Want to contribute to open source projects, but not sure where to start or what tools to use?

In this 2 day workshop we'll cover:

  • what open source is: where it came from, what makes it important, and the many ways to contribute
  • the life cycle of a project bug
  • using IRC to get help and talk to other project contributors
  • how to create and submit a patch to a bug tracker for review
  • how to check out code stored in a revision control system and apply patches to it

By the end of this workshop you will have hands-on experience with all of the common tools used to contribute to open source projects and will be ready to go out and contribute to your first project. We'll wrap up with resources to continue practicing and ways to find good projects and bugs for new contributors.

You must RSVP for this event. Click here to RSVP.

Location: UMD College Park, Computer Science Instructional Center, room 3118

You must bring: a wifi-enabled laptop and charger.

Prerequisites: None. Opetional pre-requisites: have git pre-installed on your operating system of choice. And/or install a Linux distribution like Ubuntu. But you don't have to worry too much about it because we've scheduled time for laptop set.

Workshop resources:

Please e-mail with questions about the curriculum, software installation, or anything else.

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