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Arun K C
Arun K C

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The first bug I Smashed in Bug Smash!!

Imagine an awesome intro here!!😜

Hi all, I'm pretty new to this community. So let me share a bit about myself. I'm Arun, a CS graduate, from a small town in Kerala, India. I love to build things. I found this community somehow from Github. I really don't remember how but I'm really glad to be part of this community.
Yea yea... I know you want me to get into the post asap. So here goes nothing....

Open Source Background

I'm brand new to Open Source as a contributor. I have some experience in coding as that was pretty much what I was interested in and what I enjoy.
Me while coding!
(What?? Is it the meme? I do enjoy it even though it makes me crazy! and stop grinning 😅)

It's really an awesome experience and feeling when you collaborate with different people and build stuffs. Collaboration first, coding second!! Some of you, who are part of EddieHub, may have thought that I just copied Eddie Jaoude(No I didn't). I'm part of an amazing community called EddieHub. They were really helpful when I first entered this forest called Open Source.

Ok, now let's move into my experience in Bug Smash!!

About This Bug

Remove extra space from readable_publish_date #13612

I am using the GET latest articles endpoint in my project.

The readable_publish_date property added an extra space between the day and the month, this could be fixed on the front end, but if it's a readable publish date why not be better readable 😅

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The bug was really a small one. It was actually an extra space in readable_publish_date property.

How I Smashed It

I was able to smash it by tweaking the format specifier. Even though it was a small bug, this PR was a huge step for me in Open Source contributions.

Update format specifiers in readable_publish_date #13660

What type of PR is this? (check all applicable)

  • [ ] Refactor
  • [ ] Feature
  • [x] Bug Fix
  • [ ] Optimization
  • [ ] Documentation Update


Removed extra spaces from readable_publish_date by changing format specifiers

Related Tickets & Documents

Fixes #13612

QA Instructions, Screenshots, Recordings

I'm not sure about this since the only change done is updating format specifiers

UI accessibility concerns?


Added tests?

  • [ ] Yes
  • [x] No, and this is why: I guess old test will still work
  • [ ] I need help with writing tests

[optional] Are there any post deployment tasks we need to perform?


[optional] What gif best describes this PR or how it makes you feel?

I'm nervous


I had a great experience by being part of this bug smash event. The community members were really helpful and encouraging. Especially rhymes, I'm really thankful for your help.

I learned a lot through this experience. This was the first time I had to use WSL and work on it for a project. Setting up the environment and running tests in it was a new encounter for me.

As for the next steps I'm planning to explore this wild forest called Open Source more. I'm sure that I will learn a lot and meet new people through this...(hopefully 🤞)

Suggestions for DEV Community Bug Smash

I only have one thing to say to this community. 🎉Keep up the good work!!🎉. Stumbling upon this community was such an awesome thing that happened to me this year🤩.

Confession: Yea I did copy Eddie earlier 😋

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Top comments (10)

rhymes profile image

Welcome to opensource @arunkc and thank you for your contribution to Forem!

Also: thank you for your kind words 😭

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Arun K C

Thank you!! I really mean it @rhymes 😄

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Ella (she/her/elle)

@arunkc This is such a great achievement! Thank you for participating in the bug smash, for smashing the bug, and for sharing your story and enthusiasm here 💛

Looking forward to your future contributions!

(and there can never be too much praise and love for @rhymes , so keep it coming!)

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aahhaha this is too much ❤️

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Arun K C

@ellativity Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement!! 💜

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Christina Gorton

Great job! And thanks so much for helping us smash this bug. 🐛

Also 100% agree, @rhymes is wonderful 🙌

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😭 😭 ahahha too much praise in one discussion! Thanks Christina!

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Nick Taylor

Congrats @arunkc on your first contribution to Forem! I gave you a shoutout on Twitter but couldn't tag you as I didn't know your handle. Great work! ♥️

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Arun K C

Thanks a lot for that @nickytonline . I forgot to add my Twitter account 😅 Thanks for reminding me of that, I just connected it now.

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Thomas Bnt


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It sounds really fun. I will add it.