If you have ever taken a moment to contribute to open source, then you would know that it can be quite rewarding. But perhaps you are involved in an open source community, but aren’t necessarily contributing - yet! Maybe you are too nervous to contribute or you make a list of excuses as to why you aren't able to commit the time.
If you aren’t contributing just yet, here are some great benefits to you to start today.
Meet others in the community who are interested in similar things
The CakePHP Community is welcoming and warm - by getting involved in the forums, online chats or through other participation, you can get to know others with similar interests.
Finding mentors within the community
Get to know the community by getting involved - is there someone in the community who you think does an amazing job doing what they do? Chat to them, learn from them. There are some incredible mentors in the open source world - and they are normally down to earth and approachable.
Grow your knowledge and skill set base
By contributing to open source, it gives you the opportunity to practise your skills. Through community involvement, you will learn new ways of doing things or suggest ways to improve on how things are done.
Help others - sense of giving
Find reward in helping others solve the problems that have been troubling them. Giving back to the community brings in many rewards and a sense of achievement can be gained by helping out.
And now you may be asking - but how do I start? Easy! Just go ahead and find some issues that you can help out with, or simply join the support forums around the community and answer some questions - people appreciate the help and you never know, you could find help by helping others!
At CakeDC, time is committed to open source contributions. From our open source plugins through to support on community platforms, CakeDC ensures that time is committed to ongoing community support.