We recently found out that Dimagi’s Chief Technology Officer Cory Zue had the fifth most merged pull requests of anyone on GitHub in 2013! GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development where Dimagi stores all of its code for CommCare, CommTrack, and CommConnect. It’s also the most popular code repository site for open source projects in the world. Merging a pull request refers to every time someone accepts a code change that is made.
In the words of GitHub, “pull requests let you tell others about changes [to code] you’ve pushed to a GitHub repository. Once a pull request is sent, interested parties can review the set of changes, discuss potential modifications, and even push follow-up commits if necessary.”
Like many of Dimagi’s software developers, Cory is committed to writing open source code, which means that all code can be freely copied and modified. “Open source code is great because anyone in the world can use, modify and contribute to something in a collaborative way,” Cory commented. “It’s tremendously rewarding to see your changes pushed to widely used projects and helping other people, and equally so to have complete strangers contributing to your projects. I feel very fortunate that my job allows me to do all of my work on open source projects.”
“[This recognition] just goes to show how few people in the world get to work on open source as part of their day-to-day jobs,” he added. “I imagine that Dimagi would have had many people in the top 100, which is something pretty special.”
Check out GitHub’s 2013 summary, and congratulations to Cory (or “czue,” his GitHub username) on this special recognition!