I believe I am ready to start contributing to an Open Source project in java. I got already some work experience and also certified, but I think I still need one or two years more to feel really confortable with it and able to get jobs more quickly. Probably Open Source is the way to go in my situation. Can anyone recomend me a couple of project to explore? (Java General, Java Web, Web Services, etc.). Or some ideas?
What are your interests? Get yourself familiar with the open source product first by using it, and join the community of a project that you can relate to.
You 'll have to build a relationship with the project, by taking baby steps
- subscribing to mail lists
- helping the user community
- helping the project with testing and document writing
- helping the project team with solutions for open issues, providing patches
If you prove to be a strong community member, and you hang around long enough, you might become a committer.