Outreach Program for Women: Mentor's Summary

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Randy Stauner writes:

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Perl Foundation, this summer I had the pleasure of mentoring Pattawan Kaewduangdee from Thailand as a MetaCPAN contributor through the GNOME Foundation's Free and Open Source Program for Women.

Pattawan was a great help to MetaCPAN and the Perl community. She's bright and ambitious and accomplished a lot during her internship. Her schedule adapted over the summer and she kept up with it well.

I was assisted by Thomas Sibley and Olaf Alders. Thomas shared his OpenID experience to help direct one of Pattawan's longer and more difficult pull requests and was available on IRC to answer questions. Olaf was busy mentoring a student with Google Summer of Code but made time to review and discuss issues and do video chat Hangouts with us. I'm grateful to them both for the support.

Overall Pattawan submitted 27 pull requests, several of which were quite long and involved. Noteworthy changes include implementing OpenID login, upgrading the website to Bootstrap 3, adding activity to news feeds and making them more visible, helping us improve the development virtual machine for future contributors, and implementing several features and bug fixes that had plagued our users for years :-). At the end of the program a few of the pull requests have not yet been merged, but they are nearly complete and will be merged soon.

Pattawan was very receptive and I saw her learn and grow over the summer. I'm pleased to see the ways that she engaged with the community: on IRC, by commenting on lots of github issues (several that were not her own), and arranging to go to YAPC::Asia. It seemed to me that Pattawan's involvement inspired more people to get involved as the number of pull requests from others increased. One couldn't ask for more than that.

She also helped me to learn and grow as a contributor and a mentor and I'm grateful to her for that. I believe she will continue to be an open source contributor, both with MetaCPAN and other projects.

Many thanks to the GNOME Foundation, the Perl Foundation, and all involved with OPW.

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