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Open Advice is a knowledge collection from a wide variety of Free Software projects. It answers the question what 42 prominent contributors would have liked to know when they started so you can get a head-start no matter how and where you contribute.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published January 2012
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Feb 06, 2012 added it
The quality of the essasys is of course uneven. Surprisingly wide range of contributors too.

The standout is Federico Quintero's "Software that Has the Quality Without A Name". While the gang of 4's Design Patterns book drew from _A Pattern Language_, producing massive, heavy, and in my experience, often useless patterns, Quintero is inspired by a later book by the same author, _The Nature of Order_, but to better (and more succinct!) effect, providing ways to look at code, not boilerplate struct
Brad Needham
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Very like what I imagine having coffee with a string of Open Source community members would be like: lots of random comments, lots of practical and useful advice, and the occasional gems.

Reading this book is a good way to set your expectations before jumping in and contributing to Open Source projects, because it delivers on the subtitle of "What we wish we had known when we started."
Bagus Aji Santoso
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
It's really a good book for people who want to contribute to open source community. The essay are also good.
Karthikeyan Ramaswamy
Crisp and Clear articles. not too lengthy and not too deviating, all the articles are fun to read when they are small and concise on details.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Good insight in FOSS for beginners from different types of contributors (translators, developers, lawyers, designers ... all).
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