Announcing September’s Zend Framework Bug Hunt Days

For those who haven’t put the recurring event in their calendar, the Zend
Framework Monthly Bug-hunt is here again! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday
(the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September), 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.

We made a change to JIRA a few months ago to allow you to see and search on the
number of attachments inside a particular issue. This allows developers to
easily identify which issues have had files attached to them, mostly in the form
of unit tests and patches. See the screen shots below to understand the feature:

Don’t know where to start? Have a look at our issue tracker, in particular the
filter linked below, which lists all unresolved issues. Many times, just the
simple act of triaging an issue will result in a resolution of “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 the bug-hunt.

Click here to search through our unresolved issues.

All in all, bug hunt days have helped us close well over 1000 issues in Zend
Framework since their inception. These bug hunts have proved vital to keeping up
the bug squashing momentum and increasing the quality of the project.

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 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 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 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!