Now that you’re done paying the Tax Man (for the North Americans reading this blog post), it’s time to pay it forward by helping an open source project close some issues! For those who haven’t put the reoccurring event in their calendar, this announcement is for you: Zend Framework Monthly Bug-hunt is here again! Tomorrow, Friday and Saturday of April (the 28th, 29th and 30th 2011), we’ll be hosting our monthly bug hunt. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, each month, we organize the community to help reduce the number of open issues reported against the framework.
Last month, as you might have noticed, we updated each of our tools (Jira, Confluence, and Crowd). Since we did this migration/updating during our regularly scheduled bug-hunt, we decided to move the bug-hunts back a week. This will be the last month where the bug-hunt falls in the 4th Thursday through Saturday of the month. In our bug-hunt for March, Benoît Durand took it home closing 10 issues. This makes it a back-to-back win for him. Congratulations to Benoît!
Don’t know where to start? – Well, have a gander at our issue tracker, in particular the following filter. Listed here this issue tracker filter are nearly 1200 issues of all shapes and sizes of open unresolved issues. Lot’s of times, just the simple act of triaging an issue will result in “Won’t Fix” or “Not an Issue”. These are what we like to call the low-hanging fruit- both a great place to start with as a first time bug hunter, but also a great place to rack up on closed issues to help you put up some solid numbers. With so many open issues, large and small, there is no reason to miss out on this bug-hunt.
All in all, bug hunt days have helped us close more than a 1000 issues in Zend Framework since their inception. These bug hunts have proved vital to keeping up the bug squashing momentum in this project. So, whether they are big bugs or small bugs, remember this: all bugs are worthy of being squashed.
Not convinced you should join in yet? Here are some more reasons:
- Improve your coding skillz by being around some of PHP’s top developers in #zftalk.dev while hunting for bugs.
- Win THE Zend Framework t-shirt — the individual who resolves or assists in resolving the most issues wins a Zend Framework t-shirt! (This is the same t-shirt so many people were asking for at ZendCon 2010 worn by Matthew and Ralph during the ZF2 live talk.)
- Help improve the overall quality of the code you’re already using.
- Fix issues that have been affecting you.
- Save you and your company time spent managing your own patches to ZF, and move the maintenance upstream by patching the framework itself.
- Learn valuable Quality Assurance skills.
- All the cool kids are doing it. Are you cool?
If you want to help out, please make sure you have a CLA on file with us, and then join us in the #zftalk.dev channel on Freenode on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. If you would like more information on specifics of participating, read our guide.
We are looking forward to seeing you at this month’s Bug Hunt Days!