git checkout the Ego.
In the interests of giving back to the software community, I have been looking for an active open-source project to contribute to. I am working to gain mastery of ruby on rails, so naturally I gravitate towards projects of that ilk. Unfortunately, I have gained just enough knowledge to be a little smug, so when I found a project I wanted to work on I scrolled immediately to the README and started scanning. The first block of text was headed by:
Start here if this is your first ruby on rails project…
…with a link to a blog post. I kept scanning for information that would be relevant to ME. This was not my first ruby on rails project. I have my elaborate dev environment set up just the way I like it, thank you very much, and I can reproduce your project with a flick of my config file, I am sure (chuckles condescendingly). This is a snippet of the proceeding workflow:
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Getting a new project setup and functional is not an easy chore, and I was quite chastened when I swallowed my pride and checked out the blog post for first timers, which boiled down to:
- Install VirtualBox
- Install Vagrant
git clone repo
bundle exec rake db:migrate
bundle exec rails s
I could have been contributing hours ago, when I still had momentum! Perhaps my first pull request should still be to modify the README. I would rephrase the heading to read “For all developers: get started right here”, and then remove every other instruction that followed.
Perhaps I should go get started…