At every festival, meetup and in a myriad of blog posts, we are reminded as Umbracians that our contributions are needed. Before I made my first pull request, I doubted I had anything really to offer. It was with help and structured support that I discovered my contributions were not just wanted, they were invaluable.
Timed especially for the global Hacktoberfest event, this session I will provide support to people who find themselves wondering if they have anything to offer and where to begin. I will begin by showing them how to use the tools they’ll need to begin; including github, a git client, an IDE and more. We’ll look closely at the art of choosing an issue from the issue tracker, the conventions they’ll need to follow when submitting that pull request, the common pitfalls associated with getting the codebase up and running, the need for the careful documentation of that work and much much more.
The workshop will take a hands-on approach full of practical advice and actual tuition that will empower attendees to continue to contribute throughout their careers. Attendees can go on to attend Hackathons with confidence and build themselves a personal portfolio of work on github.
Works at poweredbypie and lives in United Kingdom
Emma Burstow is a .Net developer who works for the Reading-based, software house, poweredbypie.
Having started her own career in the tech world working with Umbraco, and later becoming a contributor to the open source project, Emma is keen to empower people to follow her footsteps and begin their journey into open source software. An MVP and Certified Umbraco Master, Emma spends much of her time away from her desk writing about tech and attending Umbraco and other tech-centred meetups. For the last year, she has very much enjoyed working with other community members and HQ on the Pull Request team, reviewing code on the Umbraco CMS repository.
Outside of work, Emma spends much of her time parenting two wonderful people and walking her rescue dog in the Surrey Hills.