Amazon Web Services has made a lot of documentation open-sourced, and placed it on the GitHub platform. Developers are invited to pull requests and help with bug fixes, edits, and so forth.
AWS previously made available AWS SDK developer guides open-sourced, but it just added more than 140 developer and user guides to repos located under the awsdocs organisation.
Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr invited developers and others to join the core team in maintaining and improving documentation through the usual source code contribution process that involves forks or pull requests.
Barr wrote last week that “you can fix bugs, improve code samples (or send new ones), add detail and rewrite sentences or paragraphs in order to increase accuracy and clarity.” You can also view the commit history to find out more about new features and service launches, and track any improvements to the documents.
AWS documentation teams will respond to pull requests within 48-hours. They will decide whether to accept, reject, or contact the submitter.
Barr stated that a steady stream, focused, small-sized pull requests is better than a single request with hundreds of edits.
The “Amazon Web Services – Documentation” organization on GitHub lists 148 repositories. These include the AWS CloudFormation User Guide and Amazon Kinesis Data Streams docs. C#, Java, Go, and Python are the most popular languages. The People section lists seven developers.