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Confident vibes, and bubbling tea ideas from Open Source Contributions - Making the most out of it!

Ritika Das
Digital Electronics, 3D Modelling and Music Enthusiast
・2 min read

What I Learned From Hacktoberfest

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I'm glad to be a part of the Hacktoberfest 2020, and kudos to the fact that I could learn so much more about GitHub, web development, programming languages, how codes are approved/merged and most importantly how we all could be of help by contributing code and more to amazing repositories. I agree that I have become a lot more confident - looking forward to 2021's edition, thanks DigitalOcean!

I contributed some 8085 Assembly language programs, simple Python and Turtle design codes, Scilab plots, GitHub workflows, a cloud haiku, fixed a broken link for a website and added a term to Dev glossary! This was my first Hacktoberfest. I hope I can strive harder and become a better skilled developer by the next edition.

I used to wonder, can I even contribute something that can be useful "enough"? Then repo issues and alongside ideas came pouring in. And it unleashed the developer side in me. I didn't think I could win a tee, but all I wanted for this fest was that at least my PRs get merged sometime later and if not - that I received some feedback on what I could do better. It's like this fest whispered in my ears, "Never stop believing in what you are capable of."

So my take is - give it your all. Give shape to your ideas by using code in JS/CSS/HTML/PHP, or inhale some inspiration from YouTube videos or W3Schools courses on your favourite framework. But remember, baby steps each day. You have my luck!

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