Get Involved in Python Development for the Geosciences!

You may have noticed that Unidata Program Center developer Ryan May spends a bit of his time evangelizing the use of the Python language in the atmospheric sciences. This week he appears over on Johnny Lin's PyAOS (Python for the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences) blog, weighing in on the future of AOS Python.

Ryan's post, titled “What's needed for the Future of AOS Python? Get Involved!,” lays out the case for widespread community involvement in AOS Python projects:

By contributing to the projects you use, you can help sustain their success. Selfishly, that means that you have a say in their direction, ensuring that the project helps solve your particular problems. In the big picture, though, a vibrant, active community is the lifeblood of a project, helping sustain it.

Ryan also points out that participation takes many forms, and that one need not consider oneself an expert coder (or a coder at all!) to make valuable contributions to a software project.

Head on over and read Ryan's full post — with luck it will inspire you to find ways that you can pitch in and help build a strong open source software community.

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