Ruby on Rails BugMash

On Saturday, Gnip hosted a Rails BugMash. Ten people showed up. We mashed some bugs. We learned about Rails internals and about contributing to open source. It was organized by Prakash Murthy(@_prakash), Mike Gehard(@mikegehard) and me (@baroquebobcat).

What’s a BugMash, you might ask? Rails BugMashes were something that came out of RailsBridge‘s efforts to make the Ruby on Rails community more open and inclusive. We wanted to use the format to help get more people locally involved in OSS culture and to show how contributing to a big project like Rails is approachable by mere mortals.

One of the themes of the event was to help with migrating tickets from the old ticket system. Rails moved to using GitHub Issues as the official place to file bug requests in April and there are still a lot of active tickets in the old ticket tracker, lighthouse.

For greater impact, we focused on tickets with patches already attached. For these tickets, all that we needed to do was verify the patch and make a pull request on GitHub. Migrating these tickets was straightforward and we got a few of these merged into Rails that afternoon.

When the event started only two of us had contributed to Rails. By the end of the afternoon, everyone who had participated had either submitted a patch or helped to do so. Some of the patches we submitted were already merged in before the event was over.

Thanks to @benatkin, @anveo, @mikehoward, @ecoffey, @danielstutzman, @jasonnoble and @jsnrth for coming out on a Saturday to contribute to Rails. Also, thanks to the Rails core team members who were watching pull requests Saturday who helped us with our commits and offered suggestions and comments on our work. In particular, José Valim(@josevalim), Santiago Pastorino(@spastorino) and Aaron Patterson(@tenderlove) were a great help.

Bugs Smashed

Updated: added participant’s twitter handles.

  • Prakash Murthy

    Thanks Nick for a terrific summary of Bugmash Boulder last weekend!

    I just read an excellent article by Steve Klabnik about how anyone can and should contribute to Open Source :

    Hopefully that post by Steve and this one about the Bugmash will inspire more people to contribute to open source projects in the future!

  • Dan Pickett

    Great stuff! Looks like it was a busy and successful event. Thanks for organizing it and for getting others interested in contributing to Rails!

    If others are interested in hosting regional BugMashes, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone from RailsBridge with questions and/or for advice!

  • Craig Johnson

    Guys, this sounds like a great way to spend some hours learning and helping.

    I look forward to not missing the next one!

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