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Welcome to new contributors

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 18 December 2011.
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With the PEAR move to github surpassing 200 repositories, we're seeing more contributions from folks lurking in the shadows.

In particular I'd like to highlight the efforts ofAmeldra andAGemorroj.
With XML_Feed_Parser hosted on github, Meldra has been able to provide all of the patches that have been sitting in the wings internally back to PEAR, with no fuss.
Faced with a backwards compability requirement on Image_Barcode, GemorrojAcontributed heavily to an Image_Barcode2.

Having watched these two individuals over the last few weeks provide new vigour and input to some of our underloved packages, I'd like to put a challenge out to the community.

If you have a patch we have pushed back on because of backwards compatibility concerns, talk to us about making the next significant version of that package - we'll get the code on github and help you get what you need.

No red tape. No run around. Just a solution to your problem by creating an appropriate fork, and a new major version to avoid any BC concerns.

If you have fixes for defects or enhancements being used within your organisation - send us a pull request.

Where there isn't source available on github yet - ask for it.

PEAR is about providing the PHP community with reusable, effective components - this has been our mission since day 1.
If there is anything we can do to make that goal happen, to assist you as an individual or company, I would strongly encourage you to let us know - we're here to help.