I completed the Intro to WordPress section. I also started the Git, GitHub, and Command Line section of the course. So far I have reviewed how to set up Git, navigation and terminal customization. I already use my terminal for small tasks so I changed the text and background colors.
This week I found out about Hacktoberfest. The Hacktoberfest website explains it as a month-long celebration of open source software in partnership with GitHub. Participants earn a cool t-shirt for making four pull requests. That’s it! The rules sounded easy, but I had never performed a pull request. Before this week, I could make a repository and push files to GitHub. That was all. I tried last year to make a pull request. I ran into error after error and quit. Thursday night I decided to give it a try again.
I tweeted about Hacktoberfest so I had to take part. I found the perfect instructions on Digital Ocean’s website. I searched Github for simple projects that needed typos fixed or names added to lists. I used the instructions from Digital Ocean and performed four pull requests in about an hour. I can now say I have contributed to the open source community. You can check out my pull requests on GitHub.
Making pull requests was a major accomplishment for me. I struggled with programming, Git, and Github last year. I celebrate each small accomplishment this time around. Check out my progress on Twitter.