Does this sound familiar? You’re working on an issue or a project and you have a brilliant idea for a tool to either save you lots of time or make a system run better. So you start working on it for a few nights, make some good progress, then you get busy, lose focus……you know the end of the story. But wow that really was a great idea and you really wish you could finish it.
At this point I’ve given up on even starting these projects because I know I’ll never finish them. Well, my efforts are pretty much wasted if I have started something then dropped it before it’s done and usable.
So here is my idea. I know we have some really brilliant people in the Archestranaut community. Also, because we’re all so good at what we do and very much in demand we don’t have enough time as individuals… but what if we pooled our efforts on a single project to come up with something great… nothing new here it’s called Open Sourcing. And that’s what I want to do with all of these cool projects we’ve all been working on .
So how do we get started? Having never run, much less contributed, to an open source project I don’t have any experience to lean on as to how we get going. So let me try this to get things kickstarted. Please respond to this post with the following items.
1) Name of your project
2) Two or three sentence description
3) How far along are you? Just being the seed of an idea is perfectly legit. We just need to know for reference.
4) What’s left to do and how long do you think it will take, if you have an idea.
Once we get a decent list of projects (hopefully we’ll get more than just my weak items) I’ll put together a poll and we can all vote on what to go for first. After we figure out what we’re going to do we’ll try to figure out the proper workflow using something GitHub or wherever the smart people do open source stuff.
The Archestranaut community has always been about sharing. In early discussions with the president of our company before we started the blog he was very clear that as far as he was concerned if us posting some really good info on the product made a difference as to whether we won or lost a job then we’re not doing enough of all the other things to win and then retain customers. I say this to encourage the other integrators on here to not be scared about contributing to something that will be shared by the community. There is so much more to doing great work for customers that has nothing to do with knowing how to implement a regex in quick script.
Let’s Get It!