You're on the right track by getting into IRC and posting on the mailing list! On IRC, it helps to ask a specific question and then wait about 8 hours for a reply, since the developers are in a wide variety of different time zones.
Congratulations on getting the Vagrant VM set up already! I've found that that process can be anywhere from easy to infuriating, depending on your host system's configuation. With that up and running, here's what I'd do next:
If you're not already familiar with the Bazaar and Launchpad development workflow, read up on it at http://wiki.list.org/display/DEV/MailmanOnLaunchpad and http://wiki.list.org/display/DEV/MailmanBranches to get familiar with the bzr workflow and make sure you're making your changes on the correct branch.
Look through the Mailman issue tracker at https://bugs.launchpad.net/mailman and find simple bugs that you can confirm and then write tests for. Communicate with the people who have submitted and worked on the bugs you're looking at, to make sure your tests capture them correctly.
Write those tests, while studying Python best practices for testing and the conventions of Mailman's existing tests.
Research the similarities and differences between various Continuous Integration tools and ask questions on the list and in IRC to determine how Mailman's testing needs correlate to the tools' strengths and weaknesses.
Good luck, have fun, and come here or the IRC channel if you have any problems getting things set up!
--Emily Dunham Also a prospective GSOC student, interested in CI and command-line tool projects
On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:17 AM, Shubham Somani firstname.lastname@example.org:
My Name is Shubham Somani. I am a final year student at Delhi College of Engineering. I am a successful Google Summer of Code 2013 student.
I wish to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code with Mailman.
Creating a continuous integration tool for the Mailman suite seemed like an interesting project to me and I have built Mailman's code with Vagrant and Chef.
I would be very glad if some one could provide me pointers of what to do next to contribute to this project.
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