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Set your forks on fire

AWS documentation is now open source and on GitHub

Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
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Amazon Web Services, one of the most popular providers of cloud computing services, has now made its documentation open source and available on GitHub. Are your forks ready?

Yesterday, Amazon Web Services announced that its documentation is now open source and available on GitHub and invites any interested parties to contribute in bug fixing, code sample improvement or even submitting a brand new one, add details or completely rewrite sentences in paragraphs in order to make them more accurate and clear.

Earlier this year, AWS made the SDK developer guides available on GitHub as repositories. Going a step further, AWS added over 138 additional developer and user guides to the awsdocs organization. You can contribute to changes or improvement in the form of GitHub pull requests.

Are your forks ready to dig in?

The process of submitting a contribution is fairly easy. The first and most important thing you need to do before getting started is to have a look at the Amazon Open Source Code of Conduct and the Contributing Guidelines.

SEE ALSO: Meltdown, Spectre and Linux on AWS: Security vs. performance

You can contribute to changes or improvements in the form of GitHub pull requests. Once you have found something that you want to improve or change, you simply visit the HTML version of the document and click on the ‘Edit on GitHub’ button, which will allow you to edit the document in source form.

According to the official announcement, the documentation team will examine the pull request and will try to respond within 48 hours. The teams also get to decide if they want to accept it, reject it, or to engage in a conversation.

Jeff Barr, the Chief Evangelist for AWS proposed that a steady stream of focused, modest –sized pull requests would be preferred to the occasional king-sized requests.

SEE ALSO: Troubleshooting timeout in AWS Elastic Beanstalk

So start digging in the AWS documentation, find something that fascinates you and make your best contribution!

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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou is an assistant editor for JAXenter.com. Just finished her masters in Modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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