Today's interview is with @webmaxru. Maxim works at @MicrosoftNorge in Developer Relations and is active in the Progressive Web App (#PWA) scene. He also organizes @ngVikingsConf & @mobileeraconf confs, @AngularOslo & @MobileOslo meetups, and is a @GoogleDevExpert.
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By Henrik Walker Moe
December 14, 2019
The questions below came from a simple question we asked ourselves:
"if you had the chance, what would you ask an Open source maintainer/person/community member."
Here we go!
Building a healthy community around your project who could take care of maintaining while core contributor(s) takes a break (which will inevitably happen) or leaves the project. Sustainability is the cornerstone.
The default toolset, VS Code + its GitHub and npm plugins + Terminal, covers pretty much all I need to build and maintain my projects
Creating a welcoming environment (it's way more challenging than technical issues), providing good logistics (clear guidance, ergonomic templates, thoughtful issues labeling), educating by blog posts and sessions at the conferences.
Don't wait with starting your contributions and be patient both as maintainer and contributor. Also, don't limit yourself by committing to the codebase only, there are lots of other ways to contribute to the project.
As now we use "open source software" term to distinct from "default" one (closed source), in the future, we could have just "software" (open source a-priory) vs Closed Source Software as something exceptional. I.e. the OSS term will fade away, becoming just a mainstream.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us Maxim! 💪