Hacktoberfest 2018 - Thank you!!!

Hey, I am back! This time I am going to share how my first Hacktoberfest experience was. For those who don’t know what Hacktoberfest is, it is a month long event run annually by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio. It happens in October and developers across the globe can take part by signing up to Hacktoberfest anytime between October 1st and 31st. During the month of October they have make 5 quality Pull Requests to any Open Source repository which can be any repository out there but cannot be their own! And you get a Hacktoberfest t-shirt if you complete your count of Pull Requests. This year marked the 5th Hacktoberfest.

This year was my first attempt at Hacktoberfest. I wasn’t sure I would be able to do 5 but still decided to sign up this year just to see how far I could go. I wanted to make sure I do at least one PR. Since I work a lot with Umbraco CMS and always always wanted to improve my contributions to the core it was a no-brainer choosing which repository to contribute to. I started off with the Umbraco Docs. I had spotted something and submitted a pull request to the Umbraco  Docs. I then started looking at Umbraco CMS to see if there are things to improve. Having volunteered myself to be a part of the Umbraco PR team had made me realise how small, but worthwhile some PRs can be. I started looking around and saw some UI features that could be improved/cleaned up. I started doing them one by one and I managed to complete my 5 PRs for the Hacktoberfest fest. I got my email about redeeming my t-shirt few days ago. I am so looking forward to it arriving!

You can see my stats here https://hacktoberfestchecker.jenko.me/user/poornimanayar

Here is what I have learnt from my experience
  • I am going to sign up for Hacktoberfest next year definitely with a view of completing my count of PRs.
  • It’s such a great challenge for developers. You can learn a lot which goes without saying. I always wanted to improve my contributions to Umbraco as I mentioned. One of the reasons why I failed is because being a developer who works with Umbraco I did not quite see it from the angle of being a software itself. The hackathon I attended helped me change my perspective but Hacktoberfest definitely gave me the focus needed. It has definitely improved my confidence.
  • For any devs out there who want to improve their OSS contribution you need not necessarily start with software itself. There is even documentation you can contribute to. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/ is an example. There is usually a list of OSS repos mentioned on the Hacktoberfest site to help you get started.
Hacktoberfest 2018 is now over.  But you can sign up for updates now. Here is the site for those who don’t know https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/