Wednesday, May 02, 2007

JRuby: The T-Shirt!

Yes, I've managed to secure a small order of JRuby t-shirts for giveaway at JavaOne and RailsConf. And they're pretty sweet, have a look at the logo on the front:

And the back will have in white the words:

include Java

How cool is that? The logo was designed and contributed by "Liz" (Liz, let me know if you want me to post contact info or anything...great work) and arranged by Damian Steer, longtime JRuby contributor. I handled the legwork of arranging the shirts, and managed to secure a little funding to get them paid for.

So! How does one get one of these slicko t-shirts? Well, the first round of giveaways goes to folks who've made contributions in the past year. And by contributions I mean either patches or some serious research and legwork on a bug. Obviously there's a core group of folks that should automatically get shirts, so contact me about it if you think you qualify and I'll try to set one aside.

Otherwise...You've got the next week or two to fix a bug, post a patch, and otherwise make yourself useful to the JRuby project. I'm gonna be pretty strict on this...if you want the goods, you've got to help out. May is 1.0 cleanup time, with an RC coming out soon and hopefully a final not too long after. So if you'd been considering helping out, now's the time!

Visit the JRuby homepage, check out the JRuby bug tracker, and grab JRuby source. The details of contributing are linked from the front page of the JRuby wiki.

Update: Oh will you get the shirts. The easiest way will be to hunt down Tom and I at the JRuby booth (in Sun's section) between 1PM and 3PM every day. We'll verify that you're not a slacker and make the arrangements. We're looking forward to meeting contributors in person. Otherwise, email me and we'll try to make other arrangements.

For RailsConf, I'll just have the shirts at the hotel, and we'll figure something out. Maybe I'll just bring the box to our training and session there.


kofno said...

I don't know if I deserve one, but I'd love to have one. Might there be plans to distribute those to an audience that can't be at J1 or RailsConf? Possibly in exchange for cash.

Charles Oliver Nutter said...

If there were ever a cash exchange, any proceeds would go to RubyCentral most likely, or to a Ruby foundation if one is ever founded.

But anyone who's contributed a bug fix ought to qualify :) I need to give preference to folks I can physically hand the shirt to, but if you send me an email with sizing and shipping information, I'll see what I can do. Hopefully we can make this a regular thing...getting 100 t-shirts printed doesn't really cost all that much.

Jeffrey said...

hey! somebody copied my icon!

Charles Oliver Nutter said...

Hah, very nice Jeffrey :) I guess there's no original ideas anymore. Anyway, it's a great image. I think the shirts are going to be awesome.

MysteryCoder said...

Nice shirt, Charles. But shouldn't the back read: require 'java'? :)

All the same, I'd love to get my hands on one. Time get busy coding... hopefully contributing to goldspike is worthy of inclusion as well.

Jeffrey said...

the similarity is i at least get a t-shirt? :) (i'll be at railsconf)

Charles Oliver Nutter said...

mysterycoder: "include Java" is the new way, and the recommended way for 1.0. I think it has a much nicer ring to it also.

Anonymous said...

Cool, have I already qualified for one? :)

John said...

Any chance of you posting a link to a hi-res / .psd version of that graphic? I'm busy sneaking jruby into my company's web application and I'd love to be able to put a print-out on our notice board.

[BTW: JRuby front-end connecting to legacy java back-end is an amazingly productive way to go.]

Rosy said...

Nice shirt its looking coll.