Open Source Contributions Made Easy

Learning how to use GitHub and contribute to Open Source projects should be among the first lessons that a new programmer learns. Unfortunately, getting started with GitHub and helping with Open Source projects can seem very confusing at first. Often, new programmers aren’t sure where to start so they end up putting off learning how to use these valuable tools.

The good news is that setting up a GitHub account is easier than you might think and I have a tip that will allow even the newest programmer to start submitting Pull Requests and improving Open Source projects today.

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A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a tradition in the open source community or at least that is what I have been led to believe.

Every October, programmers and developers from around the world spend the month collaborating on open-source projects. In return, Digital Ocean and GitHub reward them with a free t-shirt.

As soon as I heard about Hacktoberfest I wanted in but there were two problems.

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WordCamp Las Vegas: My First WordCamp

I was lucky enough to have a WordCamp in my hometown last weekend. As someone new to WordPress and blogging, I jumped at the opportunity to attend.

For those who may not know, a WordCamp is basically a WordPress convention. The WordCamp I attended was in Las Vegas and it was a two-day event.

I had a great time and I learned a lot. Since so many people use WordPress and since there are WordCamps all over the world, I thought I would take a few minutes to share my experience.

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The Pomodoro Technique

I am not usually a big fan of systems, or “life hacks” as some call them, that claim to dramatically increase things like your productivity, your ability to learn, or your happiness seemingly overnight. That said, I did come across something this week that I wanted to share. It is called the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. It is named for the small tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Mr. Cirillo used as a student.

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