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Welcome to the openFIRST Portal Development Website!

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What is openFIRST?

The openFIRST Portal System is an integrated set of modules which may be used together to create or enhance a web site. It is directed towards teams participating in the FIRST robotics competition. The openFIRST Portal System is a completely student-developed project that has had contributions from a wide variety of teams from Brasil, Canada and the United States.



openFIRST is developed by a number of students from the FIRST Robotics competition teams #1006, #1049, #781, #1075, #1501, #1227, and #1257. You may read more about the developers here. To learn how to contribute to the project, and for a technical reference about writing modifications / patches / enhancements for the openFIRST system, read the openFIRST Contributor's HOWTO. New contributors are always welcome.


USFIRST Robotics

USFIRST is the largest North American robotics competition that has over 800 teams and many competitions yearly. Read more.


openFIRST was developed with:

Microsoft IIS
(Other databases are also supported)

FIRST Top Site

Bugzilla Stats

openFIRST Contributor's HOWTO

Timothy D. Ginn <>

This version is a Working Draft

Copyright © 2005 Timothy D. Ginn, the openFIRT Project

To contribute to the openFIRST project, you require at least a basic knowledge in one or more of the following subject areas: English, e-mail, a web browser, HTML, CSS, Bugzilla, PHP, MySQL (and/or other database software), CVS.

Thank you greatly to the many people who have contributed to openFIRST in the past, and the present, and to those who will in the future. Parts of this text are taken directly, or adapted from documentation that has been contributed to the openFIRST project.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Information and Resources
  4. The History
  5. The Atmosphere
  6. The Roles
  7. The Technologies
  8. Glossary

The layout and format of this HOWTO are inspired by and loosely based on that of the KDE Developer's HOWTO and the Samba-3 by Example Guide.

© Copyright 2002-2003 by the openFIRST Development Team. All rights reserved.

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