Well, not really hacking. More like contributing to open source! This month is known as Hacktoberfest, which is an official global event to promote open-source awareness and support. It’s being sponsored by both Github and Digital Ocean. They will be giving out stickers and free t-shirts to those who contribute in the community. I highly recommend taking the time to learn more about it here, if you haven’t yet heard about it.

Last year, I signed up for it but wasn’t able to participate in open-source projects. I was still sent some random Github stickers in the mail though which I thought was pretty cool. So, I decided to pitch in this year and see what it’s all about.

 

 

So, as an open-source enthusiast/somewhat-beginner, I was ready to start helping out wherever! I found that there was a complete directory of project issues with the Hacktoberfest label listed on this page. You can filter out projects by programming languages, newest and oldest, and recently updated. As I am typing this, there are over 6.8K+ open issues and Javascript comprises the majority of that at around 1.7K+ issues. That’s A LOT of open source projects to choose from…

The projects I chose revolved around different things such as… refactoring CSS into SASS, creating a JSON data file with my favorite board game metrics, and designing a logo for a module music player. The easiest and least time-consuming one out of all of these was a simple suggestion for a curated best practices library list. I suggested adding Javascript Guide to Functional Programming to help promote functional programming best practices for beginners . Sidenote: I’m still going through this guide myself, and have found it to be very useful so far, so that’s why I’m suggesting it!

The great thing about open source contribution events like these and in general is being able to really help other programmers with their projects. It’s a great feeling to volunteer and help out doing this for fun, when I could be just working on my own side projects or doing something else. I call it that “volunteer-feel-good-about-myself” sense of pride. 😉 Overall, I found my Hackertobest experience to be a positive one and look forward to seeing what’s up next year.

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