last month, Zend Framework has started hosting a monthly “bug hunt”: an
effort to resolve issues against the framework. This month’s bug hunt is
today and tomorrow.
The individual who helps resolve or assist in resolving the most issues
during each month’s bug hunt days will receive a Zend Framework t-shirt!
Last month’s winner was Padraic Brady.
Wondering why you should participate in the bug hunt? Having trouble
convincing the boss that you should take time to help? Here are some
Helping squash bugs in ZF will help your work projects, by
ensuring quality code upstream. Ultimately, this will likely save your
How much money does Zend Framework save your company? By using a
framework, your developers are not needing to create their own low-level
components to handle mundane tasks such as routing, validation and
filtering, web service requests, etc. Allocating resources to help
maintain ZF is a way to “pay” for the convenience ZF offers you.
How much value does ZF add to your offerings? For instance, what
features on your sites or client sites do you offer simply because ZF
has a component for it? (e.g., Twitter live-stream, GData-app
integration, localization, etc.) Again, consider allocating resources to
help maintain ZF as a way of saying “thank you” to the many contributors
who have made these features possible.
Developers who help in the bug hunt likely are gaining important skills
in quality assurance — all bugfixes need to be accompanied by
associated unit tests and/or documentation. Consider this important
professional development for your developers.
Our bug hunt days are coordinated on IRC on
href="http://freenode.net/">Freenode‘s #zftalk.dev channel. For
more information on the bug hunt and how to contribute, please visit href="http://framework.zend.com/wiki/display/ZFDEV/Monthly+Bug+Hunt+Days">our
wiki page on the bug hunt days.
I look forward to seeing you on IRC today!