Question thread #28

Feb. 17th, 2015 07:14 pm
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)
[personal profile] pauamma posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
denise: Image: Me, facing away from camera, on top of the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome (Default)
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
This year, Dreamwidth will be attending Open Source Bridge as our major conference, and like in previous years, we want to bring YOU with us.

OSB runs June 23–26, 2015 in Portland, OR. It's an absolutely wonderful conference -- probably my favorite conference out there. There are all kinds of fabulous talks by all kinds of fabulous people, but even better (IMO) is the hacker lounge, which is huge and full of comfy chairs and fun stuff to play with and really fascinating people to talk to. We'd love for you to be one of those people, and we'll pay to make that happen.

It does not matter if you think you're a Real Developer(™) or not: OSB is my favorite conference for many reasons, and one of them is how there's something for people at every level of experience. Don't let your impostor syndrome keep you from coming, please! If you're reading this, we want you to consider joining us. Really. Not only will you get to attend a really great conference, but we always do a bunch of DW hacking in-person as well. (And there's usually a code push, which means you'll get to hear all the swearing in person, which I am reliably told is hilarious.)

This offer will be open to anyone who has submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) by June 1. (We'll be generous there -- if you want to do one big huge thing with massive amounts of effort instead, come see me and we'll talk.) (Also, I was asked if that was "5 PRs between now and 1 Jun" or "5 PRs ever" -- I'll say "5 PRs since 1 Jan", since the goal here is to bring together people who are actively working on DW.) If you do, we will pay for:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person)
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!)
* At least one nice group dinner during the trip, and possibly others, depending.

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up when we open actual signups, but we've never hit that number before. (I really just mention it to guard against the budget running over.) I'll be posting a signup post as we get closer to the actual conference, but I wanted to let people know the plan early so you can all get started working on things!

I know that the open issues are a bit thin right now, since we're still rebuilding the list. If you don't see anything you want to work on there, browse through the bugzilla: migrated (misnomer of a) tag in [site community profile] dw_suggestions: all of those are suggestions that have been approved, but not yet implemented. (I'll do another pass through them next week just to make sure they're up to date.) They haven't been migrated into GitHub Issues yet, but if you see something that you want to work on, open a new issue and copy/paste the text of the suggestion into it, then start work on it.

Also, you can still submit a talk for consideration! (Talk proposals close 7 Mar.) I will repeat my standing offer, which is that if you have a talk accepted, I'll work with you on creating, rehearsing, and delivering the talk beforehand as much as you'd like.



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