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Hi folks,

I'm looking to improve as a Java developer and would like to contribute to an open source project if at all possible.  My question is where is the best place to find open source projects looking for contributors.  Does anyone here have any experience with open source work or any recommendations?
 
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A good way is to use open source libraries that have a public repository in your own projects. That way you become familiar with projects you enjoy working with. Then check out their issue tracker and submit pull requests.
 
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Aside from what Stephan has stated you could go to a site like GitHub and search for your programming language/framework of choice along with a few other keywords.
For instance "MP3 Java" if you were interested in Java and audio/MP3.

You could also try your hand at some of the more complex projects like those provided by the Pivotal (creators of Spring) or maybe Eclipse or IntelliJ.
 
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My advice is to work on a product or library that you're already using and which you like. It's easier to stay interested in it over a longer time that way. Plus, you get to enjoy the fruits of your own labour :-)
 
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