Announcing Zend Framework’s Monthly Bug Hunt Days

Last Thursday and Friday, the 17th and 18th of September, Zend Framework
launched its first monthly bug hunt days. The “bug hunt” is actually more of
a “bug killing” or “bug squashing” event — the intent is to reduce the
number of reported issues in the tracker by either fixing them, marking them
as duplicates, or invalidating them (many issues may stem from lack of
understanding of the component, invalid reproduce cases, and more).

To sweeten the deal, we have also made a small contest out of it: the
contributor who resolves or assists in resolving the most issues during each
month’s event receives a Zend Framework t-shirt.

Before I launch into the numbers, I’d like to thank and congratulate
everyone who participated. The event was a success beyond my wildest dreams:
developers on the IRC channel on Freenode were diligent both
days, and there were frequent discussions regarding how to approach both
specific issues as well as development in general. A number of new nicks
popped into the channel each day, asking how they could help — and were
quickly “escorted” by the more senior developers to the issue tracker, where
they were pointed to particular issues that they could assist on. Familiar
names from the mailing lists and svn commit lists who have never been on the
channel popped in for the first time to participate. Twitter was abuzz with
people suggesting issues or posting about issues they’d resolved.

In summary, it was a vibrant portrayal of the community spirit that has come
to characterize Zend Framework, and I was incredibly proud I could be a part
of it. Thank you to everyone who participated!

All told, 103

were marked resolved during the event. Even better, a number of developers
kept up the momentum throughout the weekend, closing an additional 23
issues! It was the single biggest week of activity on the issue tracker
we’ve seen.

Our top three community contributors this month were:

  • Padraic Brady: 27
  • Benjamin Eberlei: 17
  • Jan Pieper: 7

Our bug hunt days will be held on the third Thursday and Friday of each
month; the next will be the 15th and 16th of October. If you wish to
participate, please get your CLA
sent in to us as soon as you can. I look forward to seeing you all online
again next month!

About Matthew Weier O'Phinney

Matthew is a Principal Engineer at Zend Technologies. He is currently project lead for both Zend Framework and Apigility; a Zend Certified Engineer; and a member of the Zend Education Advisory Board, the group responsible for authoring the Zend Certification Exam. He contributes to a number of open source projects, blogs on PHP-related topics, and presents talks and tutorials related to PHP development and the projects to which he contributes. You can read more of his thoughts on his blog,