This year, UDig participated in Hacktoberfest 2020. Hacktoberfest is an initiative hosted by Digital Ocean every Fall to increase and improve contributions to open-source software. Our developers contributed to several different projects, and we banded together to start new projects. This blog shares our thoughts on why we encourage you to take part in Hacktoberfest next year.
Explore Impressive Tech Stacks & Grow your Skills
One of our teams worked on a .NET Core and Angular application hosted in Docker. The team for this project self-organized and had never worked together on a development project. The group agreed on one ground rule – everyone was free to develop compelling technology. This ground rule enabled front-end developers to explore back-end development and vice-versa, providing a safe space for developers to succeed outside of their comfort zone. The freedom of choice made leveling-up our skillset an enjoyable process.
As previously mentioned, the folks on the .NET Core application team had never worked together on a development project. Without ever meeting in person due to the ongoing pandemic, we developed requirements, assigned the work items to development sprints, and began development within the first few days of the project kickoff. This increased reliance on each other and built new friendships.
Each of the UDig developers had the expertise to share. Every member of the team came from a different development background. We had expert data modelers, front–end developers, and back–end developers. We performed code reviews for our domain of expertise, benefiting the whole team.
Gain Familiarity with Emerging Technology
Our team contributed to community open-source software as well. The process of searching across GitHub for an exciting project expands your overall awareness of available libraries and applications. One of these projects could be a library that saves the day for a client down the road! This event is perfect for keeping up-to-date on the latest and greatest modern technologies.
Hacktoberfest enhanced guidelines this year, which improved contribution quality and accountability. Developers are incentivized to participate in Hacktoberfest because, after four pull requests in October, they receive a free tee-shirt or can have a tree planted on their behalf. Developers only receive credit for a pull request after a repository maintainer approves their pull request. The incentive holds developers accountable to complete the event by contributing quality code. One of our in-house developers even created a project that tracked each developer’s progress towards the pull request goal. Some of our developers blew past the four required contributions.
Contributions have a Global Reach
Fixing a bug on a well-known open-source project can positively affect thousands of developers. The global reach of these changes is personally fulfilling knowing that it improves the quality of life for other users. Additionally, these types of changes help to improve your personal and organization’s brand.
Hacktoberfest empowers participants to step outside of their comfort zone, communicate personal expertise, gain familiarity with emerging technologies, learn and improve personal accountability, and contribute to improving the world. We encourage you to take part in next year’s Hacktoberfest!