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Huge success with Joomla! Pizza, Bugs and Fun event

 

 

12 July 2013 participated 33 members from redWEB and redCOMPONENT team with more than 200 hours of work to Joomla! Pizza, Bugs and Fun event , along with thousands of volunteers. The event was a success for the Joomla project as a whole, with a tripling of bug fixes to the CMS compared to previous events.

Pizza & Bugs Fun events ensures that Joomla remains one of the best CMSs. Not only corrected errors, but conceivably also new and bigger ideas into future versions. The advantage of having events like these are planning and thus the strategic approach to bug fixes. The combination of volunteers who are their own time and companies such as redWEB / redCOMPONENT there are real labor in the event, ensuring harmony between fun and seriousness and woos meme "we promise better when we pull together, "which is the essence of an open source environment.

During the event were eaten many pizzas, thousands of bug fixes reported and tested and many Joomla wiki pages were improved. We have interviewed some of our members to hear about their experiences of the event. Interview Sene made ​​in English.

Gunjan Patel



Hi Gunjan, how was the experience of contributing to the Joomla project? Have you contributed in the past or was this the first time?

This was my first time and I really enjoyed it. I ate delicious pizza from Dominos and had a lot of fun. We didn't even notice when the day was passed. I learned a lot about Joomla and about the Bug Squad Team procedures.

What was the most interesting challenge you worked on during the event?

Well, I can't say it was too challenging, but 2 out of 6 pull requests are quite interesting for me. I found the issue during testing other bugs and sent the fixes to them:
https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/pull/1491
https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/pull/1477

What things can be improved for the next Pizza bugs and fun event in your opinion?

It was hard to find the issues and identify if someone else is working on it or not, and the tracker is really confusing (for me at least). I was trying to find my tested issues but was not able to find them, and there was also not a way to edit if we made any typo in issue description.
Overall the process is fine and good. If we have plan for next year then I think we should have a prior list of bugs or features shortly described.
I really enjoy this event. I will love to participate more actively next time. I would like to take the chance to thank Ronni for giving me chance to contribute and for supporting me.
:)

TJ Baker




Hi TJ! How was the experience of contributing to the Joomla project?

The experience was a good one!

Have you contributed in the past or was this the first time? Did you eat pizza? Did you have fun?

It was my first time participating in a PBF / Sprint with the Joomla project, and I was happy to have been able to contribute. I did have fun, pulling an 'all nighter' so that I could participate with our companies' team in Vietnam, and then the rest of the team as they joined in.
I didn't eat any pizza this time, so I'll have to double up next time around.

What was the most interesting challenge you worked on during the event?

I participated by testing patches for bugs, new features, and GSOC projects.
If I had to pick a single a single item I tested that I found most interesting (and quite exciting) it would be theContent Versioning for Core and 3rd Party Components, submitted by Mark Dexter. If adopted for Joomla core this will be a fantastic addition in my opinion, allowing article versions to be saved, compared and restored, as well as working with 3rd party extensions to allow the same functionality

What things can be improved for the next Pizza bugs and fun event in your opinion?

In my opinion a bit more planning and listing of the 'most important' / pressing issues can be done ahead of time, and those items listed for easy access and action.
The Google Doc approach that was taken was very helpful, but with the number of participants the lists of items were completed fairly quickly. This left people to go and sort through the issue tracker for things to do…which is not the most ideal environment to try and find things to do.
Overall I feel the entire experience was well planned and well executed, with lots of people contributing, making it very fun and exciting to be a part of.
I look forward to the next PBF!

Ronni Christiansen




Hi Ronni, did you have fun participating in the PBF event? Did you eat pizza?

Although we did not eat Pizza at the office in Odense most of our team around the world did. But here in Odense, Denmark, we had an italien / spanish inspired lunch instead :)

Have you contributed in the past to the Joomla Project?

Yes, we have had 2 redCOMPONENT Team Joomla Contribution Days in 2013, but we have not taken part in any official PBF arrangements before, primarily because it has always been on weekends.
This time it was on a regular day and 33 members of our team took part and 10 of us ended up in the "top 25" contributors rank that day.

What was the most interesting challenge you worked on during the event?

I only tested the entire day to help to get as many pull requests merged as possible - but since I was the 2nd most contributing on the day I guess I got a lot tested :)

What things can be improved for the next Pizza bugs and fun event in your opinion?
It is clear that the concept of the PLT / Team behind PBF can make it a lot easier to contribute for people if they have prepared the event with google docs of which tasks to do specified in skill levels and types etc.
The google doc was good but after a few hours it was completely filled and lots and lots of people coming in later did not have the same efficiency as it was happening for newcomers in the first leg of the event.
So i think even more planning and preparation to help enable a lot to contribute a little - is a better way than a little contributing a lot.
And finally since we did a double epic (200+ hours contributed) perhaps next time we need a "over Epic" level ;)

Julien Vonthron




Hi Julien, how was the experience of contributing to the Joomla project?

The experience was fine! I ate pizza and I had fun working on creating a feature to improve the internationalization area of the Joomla help sites (see http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/tracker/?action=TrackerItemEdit&tracker_item_id=31436).

What things can be improved for the next Pizza bugs and fun event in your opinion?

In my oppinion the current Joomlacode tracker doesn't cover all the needs of the project and the google spreadsheet requires a dedicated person to update it. I think a better tool is needed to know who is working on what.
Have you contributed in the past to the Joomla Project?
Yes, my first time was at first redCOMPONENT team contribution day the 8th of March.

Thanks very much for your answers Julien

Thanks and see you in the next Pizza bugs and fun

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