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Posts by Chad Fowler

02 Jun 2009, 20:23
Chad Fowler (12 posts)
(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Office Presence)

Hi! I’m familiar with the findings you’re talking about. I agree with them. My point isn’t so much that you need to be constantly in the flow of traffic but that you should be accessible and present. I think the happy medium idea is great. I’ve worked effectively in environments where there was a bull-pen plus private areas. It worked really well. I’ve also had success working in a private office. The point isn’t that you should never be alone (that’s obviously not good for getting into the flow state) but that you should be a real human with a face and a personality who is available to pick up the implicit unspoken information and informal but valuable interaction that happens in a face-to-face environment.

18 Oct 2009, 17:25
Chad Fowler (12 posts)
(from The Passionate Programmer (2nd edition) > Chapter 4: Be the worst)

Hi Lee.

One way is to just watch the activity for a couple of weeks. If you look at each individual commit you’ll start to see where the most activity is happening, what the reasons for changes are, etc. That being said, it is definitely harder to get involved with a big popular fast-moving project like Rails than something smaller and newer.

One option is to pick a Rails-related 3rd party library that you are interested in and help with it initially as opposed to trying to contribute to Rails itself.

Good luck!

13 Oct 2011, 12:03
Chad Fowler (12 posts)
(from Rails Recipes > Coffeescript)

Thanks for the suggestion. I considered it. Obviously a good idea at least on the surface. My concern was that you can’t really teach an entire language in one recipe and it might come across as not helpful enough. What do you think?

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