Over the past few years I’ve become an avid supporter of FOSS and the open-source community, and it became a goal of mine to start contributing to the open-source world. Google Code-In seemed like the perfect opportunity to help me achieve this goal (and much sooner than I thought!), so I signed up without hesitation.

Once the contest began, I had to choose my first task. I picked a task from coala because, well, I thought “coala” was a cute name. coala is a handy tool that can lint and often fix problems in your source code. …

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