Open source projects need contributors to stay healthy and develop. In this post, I want to discuss the methods I’ve tried (so far) to attract contributors to my open source project (ConTabs). I’ll describe what I’ve done, summarise what little data I have, and reflect on what it might tell us about open source contributors. And, in the middle of all that, I’ll indulge in a quick digression on the subject of project hygiene.
It’s about to be a brand new year. As 2017 ticks over into 2018, it seems like a good time to look back and review what we’ve been up to. ConTabs only really got underway quite late in the year and it’s no way near finished, so let’s call this an interim review. Still, we can see where we are, how we got here, who we met along the way, and where we might go next.
Today I’d like to introduce a project I’m calling “ConTabs” – simple, but flexible table generation for console applications. As well as simply being an open-source project, I’m also planning to use ConTabs as an excuse to explore some of the interesting aspects of modern .NET development.
Welcome to my new blog!
My name is Tom Wright and I’m a software developer living in the East of England. I’m also a father, music-lover, and balloon animal connoisseur, although I don’t plan to blog about any of these things here. Professionally, I spend most of my time working in C# and related technologies on a range of web-based, back-end and integration projects.