thanks and introduction

Bryce Harrington bryce at
Mon Mar 7 19:43:44 UTC 2016

On Mon, Mar 07, 2016 at 09:55:10AM -0600, Yong Bakos wrote:
> Hi,
> Thanks for all things Wayland!
> My name is Yong Bakos, and I just wanted to introduce myself and beg for your patience as I will probably ask lots of noob questions - some of you have already helped me out on #wayland. I'm employed as a professor at Southern Methodist University's Center of Creative Computation in Dallas, Texas, but will be working at Oregon State University's new CS program in Bend, OR this coming year. I previously taught at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

Hi Yong,

I'm located in Oregon myself (over near Portland).  Welcome aboard.

> My research focuses on the development of information-centric post-desktop systems, and I am in the midst of implementing a shell client for Weston and, likely, a compositor independent of Weston. As I'm familiarizing myself with the Weston source, I know I'm in for a rather daunting task. My first goal is to get comfortable with the client API by building a few simple clients.
> I hope to become a contributor by starting with some 'easy' tasks, even web site / documentation contributions.

Documentation's been a weak area for Wayland quite some time, although
it's gradually getting better.  In particular we lack much depth in
introductory guides, so as you go through your learning curve, maybe
take notes and consider making tutorials or other "getting started" type

There are a number of examples in weston/clients that you'll find
interesting to study.  I'm not sure which I'd suggest as a starting
point, but simple-shm.c seems not too complex.

Another easy documentation task is to add parameter descriptions to the
protocol docs.  If you run 'make check' on wayland you'll notice a bunch
of warnings about missing documentation.  The missing parameter
documentation should be extremely simple to add.

The website is in it's own repository, and hopefully should be
straightforward to figure out.  I can review and land patches for the
web.  Let me know if you have any questions.


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