I started my open source contribution three years ago in a day like today , that is on 01st August 2004 . While at the University (at that time I was doing my final year project) Srinath Perera educated the power of open source and the ASF. And he also mentioned me about the Web services and Axis Mora project , in the meantime he told me the idea of developing Apache Axis2. So it was a good news for me and , Srinath motivated me to join LSF and to Axis2 project. And then Farhaan Mohideen and Sanjiva Weerawarana allowed me to join LSF and Axis2 project. So that opened a new door for my carrier, thank you Srinath , Sanjiva and Farhaan for your help and support.
In the same time frame Eran Chinthaka , Ajith Ranbahu , Chathura Herath and Jaliya Ekanayake joined LSF and start the working toward Axis2 project , like learning Web service related specifications Axis1 and etc..
20 days after I joined LSF Axis2 first F2F was held in Colombo , Sri Lanka and after that I stared to contribute to Axis2. At the initial stage Dims , Glen and Alek helped us a lot on applying our patches and answering our mails , and it took about two months to become as an Apache commiter. So I have contributed to Apache and specially to Axis2 project almost three years. In addition to Axis2 I was able to contribute to Syanapse , Axiom , XMLSchema , Rampart , and Sandesha as well.
We worked at LSF for about year and after that we all joined WSO2 when it started up , and joining WSO2 did not change the way I contribute to Apache, what only happened was move to new location from LSF to WSO2 . And I should thanks Dr Sanjiva for giving a great opportunity to work at WSO2.
When I looking back I have achieved more achievement than I expected
Become as an Apache Commiter
Become as a WS PMC member
Become an Apache Member and
Was able to participate four Apache conferences as a speaker.
So when considering the last three years it was very good and I really enjoyed working in an open source community like Apache, and I hope that I will be able to continue to do so. In this occasion I should not forget to thanks all the WSO2 members , they also have helped me a lot in past two years.