If you are from a developer background or just someone who has an interest in development, you must have heard open source development!
In this article, we will be looking at is really, Open source is open for all?
Open source development is much termed as the next generation development since more & more developers are growing & prefer open-source programs.
Moreover, in the last few decades, open-sourced software have at par with the enterprise or proprietary software.
➥What is Open Source?
Open source can be defined as any form of source code that is available publicly for free, which can be redistributed and modified by others working on that particular source code.
In layman terms, it is an open software where hundreds of people can help you complete a project and vice-versa.
This comes handy when you realize that Ctrl+Z is not going to help after you mess up your code with changes and debugging process!
VLC Media player, Mozilla Firefox, Linux operating systems are all examples of open-source software, which have been used by millions around the globe.
At first, people used to neglect open-sourced software, since they were free, & a typical human mentality, that things which are free are not good.
This mentality started erasing in the late 1990s & early 2000s when open-sourced softwares started to service customers at par with the enterprise or proprietary software.
➥Steps for your first contribution
The following are the steps required to be followed in order to successfully make a pull request.
They can be preferably followed using Git or some other software like Source Tree.
- Fork the main repo.
- Clone it on your local.
- Add the remote main repo as `upstream`.
- Create a new branch from master.
- Checkout to that branch.
- Make the required changes
- Add it to staging.
- Commit the changes
- Push the changes
- Make a PR that gets reviewed and changes are requested.
➥Some Open-source Programs
- Google Summer of Code (GSoC).
- GirlScript Summer of Code (GSSoC)
- Anita B.org
- Semester Long Projects (SLoP)
- NJACK Winter of Code (NWoC)
- Alibaba Summer of Code(ASoC)
- Season of docs
- Red Hat Open Source Contest (RHOSC)
➥Why is open source a boon?
Many developers, including those new to the field of development, often ask if open source is a boon for them?
Since working on an open-source project initially does not give you money, name, recognition, as compared to creating something on your own or working for a company.
Below are some of the outlines, as to why open source development is a boon & why you should start doing open source as much as you can!
- It is cost-effective as you are able to save production and development costs while working on a project.
- It is beginner-friendly with multiple projects labeled as “good first issues” for the beginners.
- An open-source project is well documented with multiple labels for different issues to ease up the project understanding.
- It helps you build a great network and sometimes an engaging community while working and contributing to a project with fellow contributors.
- It provides you with the flexibility to work on a project without any commitment.
- Since the code is visible to all, it ensures maximum transparency and thus reliability to the contributors.
One can never regret his/her decision of contributing to open source. Why?
Because while contributing, you develop a better understanding of technology. You can practice your coding skills freely on the related repositories of your interest to sharpen your programming skills.
And not to forget the number of recognitions you gain when you start contributing successfully amongst the community.
So, when are you going to take your first step in the world of Open source development?? I hope it’s right after you read this article!!
-Contributed by Kanika Gupta, ScholarsXP always values your content!
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