I’m a little excited today as my first patch (and first ticket even!) has been accepted. And it really didn’t take very long either. Less than 24 hours after I had submitted my first patch, I got my contribution added. I did have to submit to more variations of the patch though as my first one wasn’t quite right. I wanted to give a shout out to Brian Curtin and Eli Bendersky who helped me figure all this stuff out and made my first foray into core Python development a success. Personally, I think it would have been a success even if the patch wasn’t accepted as I still learned a lot along the way.
Things to take away from the experience:
- Try to stay on topic! I actually found a second issue with the paragraph I was fixing in the devguide and that probably should have gone in a separate bug report.
- Number your patches! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that, but Eli told me I should do that in the future to make it less confusing for the committer. That was a face palm moment.
I’ve been reading some of the supposedly “easy bugs” and trying to figure out where else I can help. I already spotted another typo in the docs that are included with Python itself which I’ll probably try to fix. Of course, I want to actually contribute to the code, not just the documentation, but I am probably more likely to be able to find documentation bugs I can help with. Hopefully with more experience I’ll be able to contribute more effectively. Happy hacking my fellow Pythoneers!
4 thoughts on “My First Patch Was Accepted!”
Nice job! That kind of inspires me to colaborate in open source projects.
That’s awesome! There are lots of good projects that need help.
There are quite a few improvements (with real content, not typos) required to the documentation of ElementTree. If you want to try your hand at that, drop me an email and I will gladly guide you mentor you through it. Commit guaranteed 😉
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