Michael Meeks has been contributing to OpenOffice for a couple of years now. Initially he made it simple to start contributing to the effort, and wrote the OpenOfficeOrg Hacking guide, and setup a site at Ximian to get open source developers to contribute, you can see it here:
With all the tools for newcomers to contribute to OpenOffice: Source Code Cross Reference, Bug Tracking System, Tinderbox Status and ready-to-hack source packages.
One of the best features is the Hackers Guide.
Yesterday he posted his slides on OpenOffice hacking here, I found some of them fascinating:
- Building Open Office Made Easy and fast development: testing your changes in seconds.
- Comparing Apples to Oranges: free software product sizes.
- Some very interesting reasons to hack on OpenOffice.
Edd, I agree that there is not much action on the IronPython development front, and we would be willing to host a hackable repository for maintaining IronPython.
We could then provide all these patches to Jim for when he has the cycles to do its upcoming release.
Logistically-wise, my hands are tied until January as Cancun is taking precedence over hacking in the upcoming weeks, but the new year is a good time to pick this up.
In the Windows.Forms world, Geoff wrote a native Quartz driver for our Windows.Forms implementation, which you can see here. Geoff reports that we have feature parity with Windows.Forms
Also, ran into IronPHP the same concept of IronPython, but for PHP.
Also Duncan learned today that the University of California Irvine is teaching one of its compiler classes with Mono on MacOS X.