Cocoa Help Offered!! OpenSource projects

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by robj, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. robj macrumors regular

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    As I stated before (here) I'm looking for interesting things to practice my Cocoa skills.

    I don't have any idea or need to start an application to begin with, so I started to search some OpenSource project which need help. I was looking at CocoaDev list of Opensource projects, but the most of them either are abandoned or very big ( like Adium ).

    Do you know ( or maybe participate in ) some alive Opensource project that need a cocoa developer? :)
     
  2. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    Heh, I was going to suggest Adium, since I used to work on it. Oh well.
     
  3. robj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, usually big projects have a quite difficult starting point, and require a lot of effort to make a small change. Indeed, as they are so big, there are many people working on it and because they are usually very stable it's difficult too to find something useful to do :)

    But, I don't know how Adium is, maybe it's a good project to start up ( after all I work developing software since a lot of time ago :) )

    Then, Do you recommend me to trying to start doing something with Adium?
     
  4. GorillaPaws macrumors 6502a

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    It might be helpful to post your areas of interest. What parts of the Cocoa framework are you most interested in learning more about? Maybe you love working with views but hate regular expressions, or you love networking code, but hate working with audio. I do know that VLC is closing down it's Mac development due to lack of programmers, so this would be an area where you could make a large impact on the OSX community (although it is a rather large codebase I would imagine).
     
  5. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    I saw something recently where they were saying they were losing Mac developers. It might have been VLC.
     
  6. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    Adium is indeed pretty huge. I did ok diving in myself many years ago, but since then most of the "low hanging fruit" changes have already been done. You may be right to avoid it.

    (There aren't many people working on it though; at this point it's just Zac and Steve and they're both too busy most of the time)
     
  7. robj thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have read something about VLC issue with Mac developers, I'll check that.

    But VLC seems another big and even more complex project than Adium :D.

    About what zones of Cocoa are of my interest, I don't really have any particular area, by the moment what I have done is to program interface behaviors using Views, Windows or Controls, and some network ( webservices ) code. That's why VLC could be a hard project because of all their Media management code.
     

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