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Re: Hello, I want to help with you project


Hello Edwin,

You had the first step right. Joining this mailing-list is the right place to start helping KiCad.
We have a few very core contributors (I am not one of them), who are improving KiCad in a rapid pace.

As a matter of fact, the improvements through the last year of KiCad have been amazing thanks to them.

Just for the interest, what would be your platform of choice you use KiCad on? Windows/Linux/Mac/Other?

Eeschema has undergone a major change in the format of its libraries, based on s-expressions, which I think is one of 
the best changes that happened, even though it does not directly improve the user-experience. So if you are thinking of 
things related to schema-import from other programs (Eagle v6 for example), you best look at the new format.

Other than that, I would suggest to work on some of the things you want to see improved: That gives you the best motivation.

Like other open source, you will need a sponsor for committing things. Let me advise you on some things to take care of:
- read and follow coding-style; 
- explain what you want to achieve and how to achieve it. The list is pretty responsive
- Make piece-wise patches, don't expect a large patch to be applied, as it is difficult to check.

KiCad is a very large code, so the core-devs are very keen on keeping the code maintainable.

Met vriendelijke groeten/Warm regards,

On Mar 27, 2012, at 10:56 AM, Edwin van den Oetelaar wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> My name is Edwin, I have some motivation and skill to help with your project.
> Although I am not very old yet, I do have some deep knowledge of
> PCB's, data-formats, workflow and related software.
> (I have been working in this field for more than 15 years)
> I can program in almost anything, and have some visions on how to make
> this project even better.
> Just throw me a bone (a few bugs to get my teeth into) so I can chew
> on it, and help you.
> I am a bit confused about how this is coordinated, I see so many
> websites (sourceforge/lauchpad/yahoo, some French stuff)
> Just point me in the right direction.
> Keep it going, and have a happy day,
> Edwin
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