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Step 5: Establish a clear objective

At this point, you may have a whole bunch of good ideas for your project, but still be a little unsure as to how they all piece together. Focus has been a predominant theme throughout this blog thus far, and is … Continue reading

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Step 4: Decide whether to create or contribute

As you get closer to settling on a good concept for your project, you may start to wonder whether creating a whole new solution is really the best direction to take, or whether contributing to an already existing one would … Continue reading

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Step 3: Look for gaps that need filling

You should have just enough pieces of the puzzle now to start forming a rough outline of your project. You have selected your subject matter, collected notes on a few potential features, now it’s time to piece together some more … Continue reading

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Step 2: Look for problems that need solving

The next fork in the road we must overcome towards coming up with a good project idea is to determine exactly what problem(s) our software aims to solve. It was by no mistake that software marketers began labelling our products … Continue reading

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Step 1: Pick a concentrated subject matter

When I first got into writing open source software, I spent a lot of time trying desperately to convince my friends to get into it as well, but the most common response I got was: “I wouldn’t know what to … Continue reading

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