|Mark Smith (mark) wrote in dw_dev_training,|
@ 2009-07-24 05:40 pm UTC
Following from that, this week we had a lot of good conversations with people about how Dreamwidth is doing things. In particular, about how you (the developers) have organized a training community, IRC channel, and the ways in which you've started working together and producing code that is every week being committed and put live on the site.
People are amazed. When we told them "yes, the majority of our developers were very, very rusty or had never touched Perl in their lives, and they're writing much of our code" there was a bunch of "oh my god, really?" type responses. Yes, really. It's amazing, and I want to make sure that all of you know that. What you've done, what you're doing, is hands down one of the most exciting things happening on Open Source community development right now, period.
And I don't mean just on this project, or just in the world of LJ clones, but around the world -- all of it. People are starting to realize that there are people out there that want to help with their projects, but those people don't feel they can because the projects make it so hard. Dreamwidth is proving that making it easy and supporting new developers is absolutely the right thing to do, and every project out there should be considering how better to enable the so-called babydevs.
So: thank you. Thank you all for being awesome, for being a huge part of why this site is growing, why we got mentioned in three separate talks at this conference, and why we will succeed. Each of you is awesome, and I am thankful for you being here.