Get it out there!
We’re now almost ready to publish the last alpha release in the v3 development cycle, where the next release will be considered beta. We’re finally at a point where we’re so comfortable with the overall architecture and the current progress that we’d like all of you to help us out with that last stretch. So, how can you help?
Of course, we cannot all create a successful project as Minecraft, but remember that any time spent away from developing the bug genie is time we could spend developing that one feature you or your company needs. If the bug genie is proving valuable to you, please consider making a small donation to the project. Your donations is vital for maintaing servers, developer time and project space. Now, with that little beggars run out of the way, there are tons of other ways you can help.
Spread the word
If you’re using the bug genie, tell others about it. Tweet about it (with #thebuggenie or @thebuggenie), blog about it (feel free to ping back to this blog) or post news articles to websites. Even if you think your contribution is minimal, there’s often times where unexpected contributions appear from the weirdest of places. Even we’re constantly surprised about the places the bug genie pops up, so if you don’t have time to blog, tweet or post news items about us, consider just sending a few lines in an email about how the bug genie is working for you or your company so we get to know about it. It’s the kind of stuff that keeps developers motivated, and we’re no exception!
Are you a php programmer? Skilled? Semi-skilled? Newbie? We need you! Be a part of an awesome creative group and get your ideas into the bug genie. Hey – if you’re no coder, that’s no problem. With the current feature set and planned feature set we could easily have three or four people working full time on the bug genie. However, that’s not the case, so if you want to help out so we can spend more time coding that little thing you want, how about giving us a hand with one of the other areas?
Release and planning
Are you an awesome release manager? Do you think you can contribute in tracking the progress and getting the actual stuff out there? You’re our guy! Or gal!
If you discover something unexpected or just want to share a little piece of configuration goodness, tricks or setup tips, our wiki is open for everyone to edit and post in. The wiki is a good place to start, so don’t hesitate to get started!
We always welcome people posting news items. We have several new features in the works for our website, with user case studies, project management and development news and tips, tips and tricks section, and more. Do you want to contribute? Do you have something you want to share? Let us know!
Design, graphics, layout and workflow
Are there some parts of the bug genie you find unaesthetic? Unpleasant to the eye? Are we “doing it wrong”? Tell us, help us improve. We’re all ears.
We always need more help with the website. We have a lot of unrealized ideas simply because we don’t have the time to get it all out there. If you’re looking for a side project or something to do on those boring days, don’t hesitate to join the team.