CodeFest 2007 and OpenSource Collaboration

When leaving RoCoCoCamp a few months ago, we began to think about holding an event to implement OpenID in multiple content management systems. CodeFest 2007 was born and is happened during the week-end. Saturday morning, 12 of us woke up early to get to work and some other joined later. Evan Prodromou, who implemented a Mediawiki to support OpenID a long time ago, gave us a presentation to explain the concepts. A total of 6 projects were represented, all of which now have a working implementation of OpenID, either client or provider.

  • Mediawiki
  • Tikiwiki
  • Xoops
  • WifiDog
  • Habari
  • Crash at mine

All projects encountered similar problems during the implementation. Being together certainly improved the quality of the products built and gave us confidence. At any time, we could ask if we were heading the right way. Evan was a great help. Since he went through all the steps before, he could answer the questions that came up when the first projects encountered them, which saved a lot of time.

Hopefully, there will be many more CodeFests. It’s good for the projects, it creates bonds between the communities and it’s a lot of fun. This really is all you need:

  • A location: A pub or café open from early in the morning to very late in the night. The place must also tolerate a dozen individuals with laptops.
  • Internet access: what can you do without it?
  • Money: because developers need to eat and drink all they want. Getting a sponsor or two for the events is not too hard.
  • And of course, projects: without community involvement, the whole effort is futile.

Special thanks to Yann Larrivée for taking care of the logistics, Evan Prodromou for his time and generosity, High Touch Communication abd PHP Quebec for sponsorship and to all those who attended and made the event so much fun.

2 thoughts on “CodeFest 2007 and OpenSource Collaboration”

  1. The other option is to make it happen in your area. A couple of years ago, there was not so much going on in Montreal. Nothing really happens unless someone puts some efforts into it.

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