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Christian Vasquez
Christian Vasquez

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What was your first ever contribution to Open Source?

I'll start!

My first Pull Request that was ever merged was a set of translations for one of Francisco Franco's Android apps from English to Spanish, because that's my native language.

Although it wasn't a complicated task on it's own, I had no idea how Pull Requests, forks, and branches really worked back then and right after I got the email notification that it got merged I decided to learn Git more in depth by taking Udacity's Git related courses.

Needless to say, that was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

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Douglas McKechie

My first contribution to open source was literally a 1 character typo fix in the documentation for the SilverStripe framework/cms.

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Dustin King • Edited

I submitted a patch to sqlany-django, the Django database backend (aka driver) for Sybase SQLAnywhere. The database backend hadn't updated for the latest version of Django (1.4 at the time, I think), so that's what it was for. I think it was accepted as is, along with one for 1.3 that somebody had already submitted.

It was hosted on Google Code at the time.

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Ben Halpern

Updated a conference page on the React website, which was part of the main repo at the time.

My first OSS PR was 2015 and I've only made a couple of tiny contributions since then. I've "contributed" in other ways but still haven't made open source code contributions a big part of my life.

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Dian Fay

I found and supplied patches for a couple of major bugs preventing set operations (UNION, EXCEPT, and INTERSECT) from working in the JCR-SQL query parser for ModeShape, a Java content repository.

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Dylan Paulus

Found some bugs, and added a 404 page to React Cosmos. It's great feeling to get any amount of code into an OSS project!

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Kyle R. Conway

I believe it was designing a community badge for the Fedora Linux project.

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Nick Taylor

My first PR ws to a project that was using a framework that I was trying to learn, Meteor. It was a fun project called Push Pickup. The premise was to organize pick up games of basketball and some other sports. You can see my horrible first PR here.

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Trevor Giddings

Fixed a bug in DataNucleus (an ORM) where the method for converting a type to one the database can use didn't actually do said converting.

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Markus Willems

Updated docs for eslint-plugin-react.

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John Best

This one Was tons of fun and I wish I could do more of it.

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I only have one pull request that was fixing an issue I had with database migration framework. It wasn't merged though because the issue turned out not so easy to reproduce and I didn't have the time to find out what's so special about my configuration

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Jens Klingenberg

My first contribution in code was fixing a bug in AntennaPod, but my first contribution in generell was writing documentation for Miranda IM Plugins.

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Guillaume Martigny

I add a listener to the Escape key to close options panel on PiskelApp. It was my first of a few contributions to this awesome project.

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Eric Curtin

My first contribution was a micro-optimisation to the Linux kernel, I was fairly new to git and was a beginner in kernel development. Unfortunately it caused a bit of fuss, it was one of the most talked about threads that month, but not because it was ground breaking. In the end Linus Torvalds responded and got it merged. Learnt a lot in the process:

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Holy crap, that's so awesome. The Linux kernal to me is probably the most intimidating thing I could think of when considering what to contribute to. I can't believe your first pull request ever was merged and you got a response from Linus himself.


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Karl Heinz Marbaise

I've taken a look and the earliest contribution I could find: (OMG ...astonished myself):

Sun Jun 15 14:37:58 1997  Karl Berry  <>

* doc/texinfo.texi (Command List): Various commands missing or

* makeinfo/makeinfo.c: Oops, failed to break out of loop.

* util/texindex.c: Use <getopt.h> not "getopt.h".

* All source files: Merge gettext changes from Karl E.;
his ChangeLog entries below.

This means this contribution is more than 20 years old...with a strange email address:

At this time CVS ( was used. At that time pull request didn't even exist ;-)

Here is a post you might want to check out:

Regex for lazy developers

regex for lazy devs

Sorry for the callout ๐Ÿ˜†