Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OpenDaylight Developer Spotlight: Luis Gomez [feedly]

OpenDaylight Developer Spotlight: Luis Gomez
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OpenDaylight is an active community of developers who are passionate about transforming networking. This blog series highlights the people who are collaborating to create the future of SDN and NFV.

Luis Gomez is Principal Software Test Engineer at Brocade and currently coordinates the Integration Group at OpenDaylight. Prior to this, Luis worked many years at Ericsson in end-to-end solution integration and verification for radio, fixed, core and transport functions.

What project in OpenDaylight are you working on? Any new developments to share?
I work in the Integration Group, the people in charge of creating and verifying the release editions. Our project is very diverse in terms of contributions and companies, but we all share a common test background and a passion for testing and improving the OpenDaylight code. We have a few novelties for the Helium release such as the test plan and test case documentation in Testopia (an extension of Bugzilla), or new tests like performance, cluster, longevity or fuzzy.

OpenDaylight's first software release debuted in February 2014. What do you think is most important for the project to focus on for the next release?
Stability and performance seem to be the areas of focus for most of the community in the next release. We, the Integration Group, have a special responsibility here because both topics have a lot to do with testing. In fact, we are already collaborating with the OpenFlow Plugin Project to stabilize the new OF1.3 plugin, and we have also written a Wiki page for performance measurement as a first step for creating an automated performance test.

Where do you see OpenDaylight in five years?
I really believe in the OpenDaylight Project and the community that supports OpenDaylight. If neither changes substantially, in five years we will probably see OpenDaylight in most of the SDN controller architectures. Personally, I expect to see this project as one of the most important in the SDN arena in much less than five years.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in an open source project?
My first advice is to ask many questions. Even if you think they are silly, questions are good for two reasons: you get an answer so you learn something and you also get to know someone (the person who answers your question).

My second piece of advice is to download the code and start playing with it -- as a result, you will get more questions -- so first advice again.

My third piece of advice is to start contributing to the project so that you get deeper knowledge and closer to other developers.

Finally, once you gain some confidence, help others, especially those new to the project.



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