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Web devs, what do you look for before installing open source code?

I've been working on an open source project hosted on github. The code (js+react) is just about ready for a big public launch, but I'd like to make sure people have as few reasons as possible to dismiss it. What are your pain points when it comes to external libraries and frameworks? Lack of a clear tutorial? Missing or ugly API docs? What makes you likely to hit the back button?
posted by asher on Aug 6, 2014 - 10 answers

open source project newb seeks advice

Programming-improvement filter: So how EXACTLY do I get involved in open source projects? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jul 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me fill out a job description.

I was given the task of filling out a job description for a programming environment. Should I respect the history of previous job descriptions when writing out this job description? [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii on Apr 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I find great code?

What open-source projects should I look at to see examples of great design and clear coding style? [more inside]
posted by scose on Oct 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Software for the Socially Minded?

What open source/free software projects exist that have a humanitarian or social justice mission? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Apr 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Getting a part-time programming job without a degree...

How do you go about when you look for a part-time entry-level software developer job? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

I want to write an app that downloads files.

I want to create a very specific software application. Which language should I use? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Apr 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Getting to know new code

What are your tricks for understanding a large piece of new code quickly? [more inside]
posted by ADoubtfulTrout on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Where to get started with Python GUI programming?

Which Python GUI framework is right for someone new to GUI programming? But who may also aspire to open source community (linux) development/involvement? Cross platform, wonderful documentation/tutorials, and cruft-free new technology are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Resources for programming highly formatted documents?

Is there a solution for producing highly formatted documents programmatically, that is an alternative to ReportLab? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Oct 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Looking for an Online Generic Card Game Simulator.

I need an "Online Generic Card Game Simulator" program (my term). I don't think what I want exists, but I don't know how to verify this, or more importantly, how to go about making one for myself. [more inside]
posted by johnstein on Jul 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me contribute to the OSS community

What is a good open-source project to get involved in? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jul 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Can non-programmers suggest open source apps?

I have an idea for a cool (though not very utilitarian) open source app, but I have zero programming experience beyond some very elementary applescript. Can I still suggest the program on a site like sourceforge.net and still have "ownership" of the project? Not for profit, but just to guide its development.
posted by tamagosan on May 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Working for Vacation

What open-source project should I work on? Or how do I find one? [more inside]
posted by mkb on May 5, 2008 - 12 answers

I get the big picture, now how do I break it down?

I love the whole Linux idea from start to finish. I've been using it for a year now, full time, and I want to go deeper. How do I contribute? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs on Dec 26, 2007 - 19 answers

How can a willing to learn non-programmer build something like those user-supported gas price sites?

I'm looking to build a site that allows its users to submit and/or search pricing and availability information for "widgets" at local brick and mortar retail stores. The model I have in mind would be similar to the user-supported gas price sites that popped up about a year ago, in which people entered what they paid for what type of gas, and other users then could type in a zip code and see the best prices near them. So, being a non-programmer (but willing to learn through trial and error), what language/framework/open-source code do I use to build this? [more inside]
posted by pjhagop on Oct 11, 2006 - 4 answers

Best resources for learning software design?

What are the best books to teach the fundamentals of software design and architecture? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Feb 15, 2006 - 12 answers

Wahhhh, don't let it die!! :'(

How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Calculator App

I'm working on something like a glorified graphing calculator application, based on a small functional programming language. Each input program describes a function of some number of parameters, and the app's job is to plot the function's output across various input ranges. Is there an existing language with an open-source parser I can reuse for this job instead of inventing and implementing a new language from scratch? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Oct 16, 2004 - 12 answers

Looking for an open source card set graphics.

I'm trying to find an open source "playing card" set that I would be free to use in a small game I'm curently coding in C++. (Trying to familiarize myself with a couple graphic libraries and doing a bit of experimentation with cross-compiling).
posted by RavinDave on Jul 30, 2004 - 8 answers

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