The Open-Source Kick by GSSOC
“Open-Source...hmm..The concept seems interesting but How do I start contributing ?”
About an year ago, this was the thought which pushed me into open-source sea. Through this article, I am gonna share my journey from being a newbie coder to one of the top-contributors of a project in GirlScript Summer Of Code.
ME AN YEAR AGO !
So, it was around the same month of the year 2018, when I got to know about this wonderful thing called OPEN-SOURCE. I was then & there fascinated by the idea but had no clue of where to start & how. So, What I did — I googled, & got basically two types of suggestions:
- Just pick any project & start contributing. This was a bit dicey for me. Like an arrow above my heads. Like How do I start without any guidance & support?
- Somehow, some medium blogs caught my eye describing their experience in something called as GSSOC.
I researched all about GirlScript Foundation & GirlScript Summer Of Code & finally decided to be a part of it, but it was too late, the application period was already over. But the good part — I was in 1st year back then, I decided to hone my coding skills for some months without contributing to open-source & constantly kept an eye on the next year’s application form & followed GirlScript Foundation on their every social media handle.
BOOM! APPLICATIONS FOR GSSOC 2019 OUT
In around January, the applications for GSSOC’19 were out & I very quickly & eagerly applied for it (afterall I was waiting for it for long). One of my LinkedIn Contacts Vipul Gupta had been a mentor in GSSOC, I requested him to review my application & What a great human-being this guy is! He helped me a lot regarding the application(off-topic but I gotta mention this, Vipul is one of the ideals I have in tech-world, He is not only a techno-geek but also an amazing person who is always ready to help).
I want to take this opportunity to thank both Vipul & Priyabarta for all the help & guidance they provided.
Finally the results, I got selected for GSSOC’19.
This is how the 3 months of GSSOC followed :)
I joined the Slack Workspace of GSSOC where there were separate channels for all the projects under GSSOC. We were guided to choose any number of projects(preferably one), join their channels & start contributing.
I tried my hands on 2 projects before I found my final project.
The following two are the projects to which I contributed initially:
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Finally MATHBALL !
The project MathBall was exactly what I was looking for. You can read more about the project here.
Yes, the mentor of MathBall was the same guy who helped in my application period. I got really lucky here. Priyabarta is an exceptionally good mentor working on an exceptionally good project MathBall. Now, without wasting any further time, I started looking up for issues & solving them. I was constantly being guided by the mentors in case of any problems. Soon, from the bottom three, I paved my way to the top 3. Or rather more correctly from an open-source newbie to a coder who is now lot more comfortable than before in using GitHub.
The Final Note !!
- Thanks to these two initiatives for helping beginners like me. :)
GirlScript Summer of Code 2019
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Girlscript - Let's Code For Freedom
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2. These 3 months not only provided me the opportunity to taste open-source but also I made a good number of very valuable & amazing connections from all around the world.
Kudos to all the participants, mentors & organisers.
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