Breaking into Open Source

Track: Tools and Techniques
Abstract Slides

We use it at work, we use it at home, in 2018 open source is all around us. Most of us only see the end result whither that be the apps we use or the binaries we import in our projects. This talk will give a behind the scenes look at all that goes into open source projects. Learn the differences between projects run by individuals, foundations and companies. Find out ways to contribute even if you’re not a coder. Finally learn about some of the common processes and responsibilities associated with contributing to an open source project. Over the past 20 years open source has had a huge impact on the future of software development. It’s been said the best way to predict the future is create it. Come find out how to be a part of the future today.

Michael Minella

Michael Minella is a software engineer, Java Champion, speaker, and author with over 17 years of enterprise development experience. He currently works for Pivotal as the project lead for the Spring Batch and Spring Cloud Task projects. Michael has spoken on a number of Java, Spring, and Big Data topics and is a JavaOne Rockstar. Michael was a member of the expert group for JSR-352 (java batch processing). Michael is the author of Pro Spring Batch from Apress and the popular Refcard JUnit and EasyMock.

Outside of the daily grind, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys woodworking, photography and InfoSec hobbies.

Bob Paulin

Bob Paulin is an independent consultant and speaker that has been developing open source software for the past 10 years. Bob has presented at large international conferences such as ApacheCon, JavaOne and Devnexus. He frequently shares his knowledge and opinions on the Java Pub House and Java Off Heap podcasts. Bob is actively involved in the Chicago developer community as the Chicago Java User Group Sponsorship Director and Chicago CJUG4Kids presenter/organizer. Bob is a passionate member of the ASF and donates his time to Apache Felix and Apache Tika as a committer and PMC respectively. When not coding, Bob enjoys coaching football, robotics, and spending time with his wife and 4 kids.