Understanding Open-Source Developers

Hello openHAB Community,

My name is Celine and I am currently a student at the Technical University of Munich. Along with my team, we are thinking of starting an open-source project for the Motor Home industry and would like to interview some open-source developers like yourselves to better understand open-source projects, developer needs and pain points.

We ideally hope to be able to conduct the interview through zoom sessions with some of you, as we believe that we can get more valuable insights from verbal and expressive communication rather than through text.

Below are some of the questions:

  1. What programming languages are you skilled in?
  2. Are there any programming languages that are more suitable for certain open-source projects than others?
  3. How did you get involved with OpenHAB?
  4. What are some of the features/things that attracts you the most in OpenHAB? Or any home automation open-source projects?
  5. Are you involved in other smart home open-source projects?
  6. What are some things that you dislike or think could be improve on in smart home open-source projects?

This is the first time we are reaching out to the industry, so we would really appreciate some feedback. This is also my first time posting in this forum, so I hope I am in the right category, otherwise, please direct me to the right one.

Please let me know if you would like to help out with the interview. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from some of you!

I would be happy to join.

Hi Gaël,

Thank you so much for your response. We would be happy to interview you next week. Please let us know when would be the best time for you.


*Ps. I couldn’t figured out how to privately message you, could you please tell me how or message me instead?

Hello @Celine , I just sent you a PM.

Although the main point of open source projects is to create valuable and accessible open source software, individual contributors can get plenty of personal benefit from contributing to them. You help maintain the software you use while honing your technical skills. When you’re applying for jobs, you can point to your work on open source software as proof of your skills.

By collaborating with others on open source you use, you get to become part of a community where you can practice your soft skills like communication, giving and receiving feedback, emotional intelligence, etc. These communities also introduce you to tons of people you can network with, who in turn will open you up to worthwhile opportunities.

Thank you for your insights! I will take note of this :slight_smile:

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