How do I know if I should join a proyect?
I was about to inquire into how to join an Open Source Proyect that required C++ Developers. I am a newbie and barely beginning to programm in C++, yet I have already read that joining such a proyect is a good way to improve my skills. I feel as no "C++ developer" though. Would it be too soon to join an open source proyect for a beginning programmer who is eager to learn and get in touch with the programming community?
Thanks, but how do I know when to make the jump?
The thing is, I actually fear getting burned (or plain ignored) by more advanced programmers if I inadvertedly join before time. As I've previously stated, I am no advanced programmer, but at least I have a pretty good handle on arrays, data structures, pointers (in the university we do most things on C), classes, and other basics. I have little contact with my local programming community (if there is any) and am really anxious to start having greater contact with more advanced programmers, but as I read more advanced source code and get lost here and there in its complexity, I come to the same troubling question of when will be the right time to join, since I feel I must know the basics (just how well should I know them?), but have no other way of telling wether I'll be ready to tackle on the bigger and better programming tasks.