TLDR: For those who never heard about react-contexify, the library lets you add a context menu to your app with ease. You can see what it looks like below.
You can find the project here
There were 36 open issues on GitHub 😱(vs 2 today). It doesn't seem like a lot but for a single person, believe me, it takes quite some time to review them all. Every time I wanted to work on it, I had to cancel, I always found a "good" reason to give up.
One day, while I was working on a new app, I needed a context menu. Without thinking too much I've added react-contexify to my app and I started to work with it. The more I've worked with it the more I was struggling to accomplish even the simple things, and I'm the one who created this 🤦♂️.
Despite the lack of simplicity, some people were still using it. Open source is about people, not about software. I had to thanks those people for their trust. One way of doing that was to improve the library they rely on.
After browsing the 36 issues, I was able to classify them into 3 categories:
- lack of documentation
Thanks to that, I knew exactly what I had to do. I won't go into details on how I fixed the bugs or added new features. What I want to highlight here, is when you understand the problem you have to solve, it become clear in your mind what you should do. It's a real productivity boost.
The documentation is as important as the code, even more important. I noticed that with one of my other library, react-toastify, when I rewrote the documentation for it, the download skyrocketed(currently 2M/Month based on npm stat).
Based on my previous experience, I decided to rewrite the documentation. During the rewrite, I used my library extensively, thanks to that I spotted bugs and missing features.
Invest your time in the documentation. Good documentation === happy developer 😍
Your project doesn't need to be perfect before you release it. You can always improve it over time.
Hope you enjoyed that post. Thanks for reading!