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Chingu Weekly #115 - The Hacktoberfest Edition

Shout-outs & Showcases

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🏆🏆🏆 Congratulations to abandoned_VarunR who landed a full-time job as a React Native mobile app Developer !

🏆🏆🏆 Congratulations to leonyangela who completed her first interview for a Developer job!

📜📜📜 virgilt has been accepted into a Master of Science in Computer Science degree program with an emphasis on on Machine Learning!

🎉 🎉🎉 Great job pajek for getting his first, but hopefully not last, PR to the Chingu Resource Listrepo approved.

🎃🎃🎃 SorenG, ZumDeWald, & C First of Her Name have each completed their Hacktoberfest requirements and had 4 PR’s accepted to Open Source projects.

🏃🏽‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃🏿‍♂️🏃‍♀️️Voyage 23 Chingu’s started Sprint 6 o October 5th.This is the last sprint before the end of this Voyage on October 11th!

🎉 🎉🎉 Congratulations to the new Chingu’s who have submitted Solo Projects prior to the start of Voyage 24 — rafawelsh & davdavdav4. We can’t wait to see what your teams will be creating in Voyage 24!

🎉 🎉🎉 Voyage 24 starts TODAY — October 5th!

🚀🚀🚀 Voyage 25 will be starting on November 2nd and it’s deadline for Solo Project submissions from new Chingu’s is October 27th! If you’d like to join in visit to sign up.

Hacktoberfest @ Chingu

Hacktoberfest is an annual event that allows developers like you to earn a t-shirt or plant a tree by contributing to Open Source and creating four PR’s on GitHub during the month of October.

It’s a great way to refine your skills, work with other Developers, and get swag at the same time! You can get more information and signup to participate here.

The PR’s you create on public repos, including your Voyage projects, will be counted. In addition, a Chingu Moonshot team has been hard at work designing the Chingu Quiz app and is inviting you to contribute to its creation.

How can you grow your career this Hacktoberfest?

As a Chingu you can participate in through:

Here’s how you can contribute to the Chingu Quiz project:

  1. Review the project’s Readme, especially the Code of Conduct and Contributing sections.
  2. Scan the project issues, select one you find interesting, and start developing!
  3. If you have questions, ask them in the #chinguquiz-contributors channel in Discord. Members of the core project team will be standing by to answer them. We’ll also take questions in the weekly Chingu Technical Roundtable’s on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s

Celebrating Your Success

Share your success in the #ring-the-bell channel each time you complete a Chingu Quiz PR and/or when you complete Hacktoberfest so your fellow Chingu’s help you celebrate your achievements!!!

The last Chingu Technical Roundtable session in October will be dedicated to celebrating your success.

And…we’ll also award a special Chingu Certificate to everyone who completes Hacktoberfest.

Share your expertise & level-up!!!

Overheard in Chingu

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You’ll have to teach me what is fun about Passport.

I have one important query regarding React native, I tried to search on web but did not found anything promising. As I know React Native is for both ios & Android but it is only for frontend of App right. How does its backend work?

Anyone else thinking that Mondays are hyper unproductive? Then Tuesday is okayish. Wednesday is all focused till Friday and then weekends dead

Docker isn’t strictly needed, especially if it’s a solo project. I do like it though because once you know how it works, it makes dealing with dependencies so much easier. I think it is worth learning.

Someone please make 2020 stop!

Does anyone have experience with making inline svgs fit its parent container? I can’t seem do it for the life of me.

I hope its not too obvious that I am procrastinating sleep right now

I hope someone else will find bug in my Traveling salesman problem xD It is some minor calculation mistake that I don’t have energy to find.

So much to do this weekend!

TIL I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about CSS since I last coded in it……..THIS MORNING!!!

Resources of the Week

Quotes to Go


Remember What Got You Here

As you work on projects it’s easy to get frustrated and depressed when you hit obstacles.

As projects progress you’ll find yourself encountering design issues with your app, technology issues with libraries and services, and conflict within your team. These can be distracting and if not handled maturely and openly can lead to the “dark side of the Force”.

Namely, questioning why you wanted to become a Dev and draining the joy out of app development.

If you are having these feelings you aren’t alone! This is just another form of the Impostor Syndrome that hits all of us. And I do mean all of us!

Handling issues maturely starts with establishing and following a process, as a team , for logging and prioritizing issues so they receive the attention and resources they deserve at the proper point in time.

As a team is critical since it must be a shared responsibility to follow the process, but also to provide technical and moral support to one another. If negative feelings and emotions start to affect you take a moment to step back to when you saw your first program display “Hello World” on the screen.

Remember that? Don’t let go of it! That’s what got you here. The sheer joy from creating something from nothing.

When you hit issues look at them from the perspective not of “how can I make this go away???”. But instead as, “What happened and why?” and “What can I learn from this that can be used in the future?”

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