Hello python is my first language, and i have read 1 book on it and gone through a tutorial, but i still don't feel like i have a firm grasp on python. I hear the best way to master a programing language is to actually program. So i want to join an open source project for practice. The problem is despite the fact that i have mastered the basics of python all of the Open Source projects that I have seen recommended on newbie open source threads seem to complex for me. So i have a few questions.

1) What else should I know besides python to contribute (through programing) to the open source community.
2) How exactly does one read source code, because all of the stuff I have looked through is like a maze of user defined libraries.
3) What would be a good first project for me to contribute to.

Thanks in advance for answering this.
if you would prefer a more direct conversation with me my aim is jascase901.

How about the following ::

(1) Project Euler
(2) Try to extend a sequence that is 'difficult' to extend from the OEIS
(3) Find an existing program in C/C++/Java/C# and rewrite it in python [you learn a bit more about other langs and improve your python]
(4) Bug hunting/bug fixes for the open source project(s) you would most like to join
Most every open source project welcomes you to find and make them aware of bugs - and you will start to build a positive reputation in their forum/mailing list AND gain more depth of experience with the project

(5) Write a board game app - or a variation on the rules for one [3 dimensional othello/reversi and devise appropriate rules? Alice chess or any other chess variant? (i mention these because they are well down my 96,378 item deep to-do list lol)]

C++ya,
xkey

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nice suggestions.i too was looking for this kind of an advise
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