Upgrade to Pro — share decks privately, control downloads, hide ads and more …

WordCamp OC - Contributing to Core: Hassle to Hobby

WordCamp OC - Contributing to Core: Hassle to Hobby

I hear frequently that it’s difficult to contribute code to WordPress’ core. During the past year, there’s been an increased emphasis on not only reaching out to new contributors, but making it simpler to get involved by making toolsets more accessible and trac more friendly to newcomers. I’ll walk through how I got started, and how things have changed for the better since. Come to learn the first steps in contributing to WordPress’ core.

Presented at WordCamp Orange County 2014 by Mike Schroder

46fa959634a063abefcac94eaf191eca?s=128

Mike Schroder

June 07, 2014
Tweet

Transcript

  1. Contributing to Core: Hassle to Hobby WordCamp Orange County 2014

    Mike Schroder (DH-Shredder) @GetSource - http://www.getsource.net
  2. Who Am I? • Mike Schroder, a.k.a DH- Shredder, a.k.a.

    @GetSource • Third Culture Kid, enjoy Coffee & Sailing • WordPress 3.9 Co-Lead and Core Contributor • Happy DreamHost Employee
  3. I’m going to start with a story.

  4. It’s not typical.

  5. A user’s tech support start.

  6. None
  7. Tip 1: IRC is the place to be.

  8. None
  9. This landed me in trac.

  10. It turns out, this was more difficult than it sounded.

  11. None
  12. So, I picked a ticket at random.

  13. Fortunately, it’s become less complicated to use trac.

  14. None
  15. None
  16. None
  17. None
  18. None
  19. None
  20. None
  21. None
  22. None
  23. None
  24. Patch process?

  25. Core Contributor Handbook

  26. None
  27. None
  28. My first patch was almost entirely reverted.

  29. Tip 2: Don’t limit yourself to one task or ticket.

  30. Looking to work on a feature?

  31. Tip 3: Team up.

  32. Every larger thing I’ve worked on has been a team

    exercise.
  33. Consider working on a feature plugin.

  34. None
  35. Not everything you work on will make it into core.

  36. But some things will.

  37. Tip 4: It gets easier.

  38. None
  39. So, let’s recap.

  40. IRC is the place to be.

  41. Don’t limit yourself to one task or ticket.

  42. Team up.

  43. It gets easier.

  44. We’ll talk about next steps tomorrow at the workshop! •

    https://make.wordpress.org/core • https://core.trac.wordpress.org
 Slides: http://www.getsource.net/tag/contribution/ Mike Schroder (DH-Shredder) @GetSource - http://www.getsource.net