Mendicant University Projects

MRI Documentation Week

October 1 - 7, 2011

Mendicant University is pleased to announce "Doc Week", a concerted effort to augment and enhance Ruby MRI documentation.

Taking place during the first week of October, this program is targeted especially towards developers who have never (or only infrequently) contributed to OSS. We've put together a team of MU alumni who will be available to give feedback and walk you through the process of preparing and submitting a documentation patch.

Only about 60% of Ruby is adequately documented, so this week will offer loads of great learning and code diving opportunities, and a great chance to learn more about Ruby 1.9.3!

For the instant gratification factor, we've hooked up with Ruby core committer Eric Hodel, who will be setting aside some time to review and apply the submitted patches as they come in.

We are also expecting support from Steve Klabnik, an active contributor to the MRI documentation. Steve has written an excellent guide on Contributing to Ruby's Documentation. Go read it! It has nice step by step instructions and a screencast that will help you get a feel for how to contribute patches.

We've combed through the core and standard libraries and pulled out a list of code that needs documentation, many of them suitable for beginners to contribute. Take a look, and if you see any you'd like to work on, or have some ideas of your own, read these instructions to participate in Doc Week.

We'll have some office hours available for drop-in sessions during the week, if you need help getting started or want some feedback. Just drop in the #rmu channel on freenode between 14:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC Tuesday-Friday.

Or you can sign up to schedule an appointment at a time that's convenient for you. To sign up, open an issue on the MU mentoring github repo. Make sure you include the following info:

  • your name, or how you'd like to be identified
  • your email
  • your availability for meeting (dates and times) during the week of Oct 1-7
  • if possible, a proposal or rough idea of what you'd like to document.

You may also be interested in participating the For Great Justice Hackfest, happening Oct 21-23. Sign-up coming soon!