[Haskell-cafe] Re: An offer to any haskell projects out there.

Bjorn Buckwalter bjorn.buckwalter at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 02:22:57 EDT 2008

 <michael <at> schmong.org> writes:

> Hello,
> 	My name is Michael Litchard. I'm a techie living in silicon
> 	valley, and I want to move into tech writing. I've got the
> 	background, now I need a portfolio. I figured the best way to go
> 	is to attach myself to some open source projects, and haskell
> 	has had my heart for a few years now. I am by no means an expert
> 	at haskell. My expertise is writing. So I make this offer.
> 	If you need documentation written for your haskell project, I'm
> 	your man. Whatever it is, I'll write it or edit it. Thanks for
> 	your time.
> 	P.S
> 	If this was the wrong list, or if anyone has other ideas
> 	about how to propogate my proposal, please let me know.
> 	Michael

Michael, that's an awesome offer. As others have already noted there
are plenty of areas where you could make a significant contribution.

I'd specifically recommend reposting your offer to the HAppS
(http://happs.org) list/group. HAppS is a high profile project which
seems to be getting quite a bit of interest from outside the Haskell
community. If you're unfamiliar with it I recommend taking a look
at the "BayFP Presentation" linked on the site.

Unfortunately HAppS has a serious deficit of documentation (including
the web site not being up to date) and consequently there is a high
barrier to entry.

While HAppS could certainly benefit from you help I would imagine
that you could also benefit from helping HAppS. The high profile
of HAppS should increase the chance of prospective clients being
able to relate to your portfolio, and I'd also imagine that
comprehensive documentation focused on a specific project is more
"portfoliable" than random pieces scattered around the standard
libraries (not that I want to disuade you from contributing there

Good luck!


(I'm not involved in the HAppS project, nor have I used it.)

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