= Introduction =
Improving user outreach is a goal for many open source projects. I
believe that JRuby has such a goal, and wishes to reach out to as many
users as possible. As a big fan of Ruby, I tend to keep close tabs on
many of the Ruby implementations, JRuby being one of them. After doing
this for a good amount of time, I’ve noticed a bit of diffusion in
community outreach. With this in mind I’d like to propose a few changes
that I believe would have a positive impact on JRuby community outreach.
= Blog Updates =
Often I see news floating around about how people use JRuby, or
enhancements to JRuby. These are great pieces to get everyone excited
about JRuby, but they lack a centralized and official source. As such,
I’d like to offer my contribution to the JRuby blog to keep it active.
My original plan will be to update the blog as I get relevant
information. Once I’ve got an idea of the pace of information, I can
start to setup a more static schedule. I believe it’s easier on users
when they know the exact time / day to expect news.
= Job Listings =
I’ve noticed a lot of JRuby jobs pass by, and I believe there would be
benefit in setting up an official listing source. The goal here would be
to have a JRuby jobs twitter account that would contain a feed of job
listings for JRuby related positions. This will help in creating an
official centralized location for potential employees to find new jobs,
and potential employers to reach out to candidates.
I don’t mind scanning the twitter sphere for job related posts to
populate the feed with them. Users would also be able to alternatively
cc or DM the account to get listings added.
= Debugging Tools =
We have a good number of resources on the wiki for contributing to the
JRuby project. One thing that might be good is to have a listing of
tools that can assist in the debugging process, in addition to a basic
guide on debugging a simple JRuby bug (this could be a bug that was
= Presentations =
Having a lot of JRuby presentations at conferences is a major plus.
Currently there is a page for presentations:
But it needs some updating, as the hosted talks stop at around 2009. Is
there a process for getting slides and related content on this hosted
site? For now, I have a work in progress wiki page that I will be
Also, it would be beneficial to have a generic template for JRuby
presentations (branded as a bonus), that presenters could work off of
when doing their slides.
= Conclusion =
That’s it for now. Please let me know if this seems suitable for helping
spread the JRuby word
- Chris (Twitter: @cwgem)