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Forge Your Future with Open Source: Build Your Skills. Build Your Network. Build the Future of Technology, in print

October 10, 2018

Free and open source is the foundation of software development, and it's built by people just like you. Learn how to navigate this part of the world in Forge Your Future with Open Source: Build Your Skills. Build Your Network. Build the Future of Technology now in print and shipping from

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Forge Your Future with Open Source: Build Your Skills. Build Your Network. Build the Future of Technology.

Free and open source software is the default choice for the programming languages and technologies that run our world today, and it's all built and maintained by people just like you. No matter your skill level or area of expertise, with this book you will contribute to free and open source software projects. Using this practical approach you'll understand not only the mechanics of contributing, but also how doing so helps your career as well as the community.

This book doesn't assume that you're a programmer, or even that you have prior experience with free and open source software. Learn what open source is, where it came from, and why it's important. Start on the right foot by mastering the structure and tools you need before you contribute. Choose the right project for you, amplifying the impact of your contribution. Submit your first contribution, whether it's code, writing, design, or community organizing. Find out what to do when things don't go the way you expect. Discover how to start your own project and make it friendly and welcoming to contributors.

Anyone can contribute! Make your mark today and help others while also helping yourself.

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Upcoming Author Appearances

  • 2018-10-16 Michael Keeling,
    Pittsburgh Code & Supply
  • 2018-10-20 Jeff Kelley,
    Mobilization VIII, Łódź, Poland
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    All Things Open, Raleigh, NC
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  • 2018-11-22 James O. Coplien,
    Val Research, Kōenji, Tokyo, Japan
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