Early 2017, Magento Inc. introduced a new Team of 5 developers, lead by Max Yekaterynenko, dedicated to support the Magento Community in contributing directly to the magento core.
The success of this program became clear very fast, as more and more contributions came in from the community and have been merged into the core by the Community Engineering team.
Shortly after that, the first Community Maintainers have been announced, meaning people outside of Magento actually got permissions to review and merge contributions directly into the Magento 2 core.
A few months into 2017, the merged pull requests and closed issues per Month have been increased drastically compared to before the program has been started.
The Contribution Days events all over the world are a great opportunity for developers to learn directly from Magento core developers about how to contribute resolving bugs and create new features.
One of the biggest success stories of this program will most likely be the Multi Source Inventory (MSI) feature, which has been introduced on the Firegento Hackathon 2017 in Leipzig. This complex feature, which has been created solely by a cooperation of the Community Engineering team and developers from the Magento community, will be released with Magento 2.3 introducing completely new possibilities for Magento merchants.
Apart from that, the MSI contains many architectural optimizations, provided by the MSI developers, which will very likely influence the way Magento customizations will be created in the future.
David Manners - Magento Master (2016)
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I'm pleased to meet you at the Magento Contribution Days in Cologne!
Before joining the Magento Community Engineering Team in 2017, David has been working as a Magento Developer at Sitewards in Frankfurt Germany, who specialize in eCommerce solutions. His main passion is with Magento and the Magento Community, having worked in that field for the past eight years.