5 Things You Can Do With a Locally Cloned GitHub Wiki

If you’ve been developing software for any length of time you’ve probably used GitHub, whether as free hosting for your own personal project, or searching for a library to use, or collaboration on a team. There’s a feature of every GitHub repo that in my experience doesn’t get a ton of love, and that's the GitHub wiki. In all fairness, I'm not sure how much love it deserves. Sure you can take notes in it, but its lack of short-codes/widgets (such as easily adding a table of contents to the top of your pages) and »

What is Hacktoberfest and How Can You Participate?

There are 10 days left in October. 10 days to earn a t-shirt in the third annual Hacktoberfest, when DigitalOcean and GitHub offer swag to the masses to encourage contributions in open source software. Last year, DigitalOcean said participation jumped from under 1000 to 5700+ in nearly a hundred countries. I wonder what the results will be this year? And more importantly, will you be a part of it? 31 days, 4 pull requests, 1000s of stories: looking back at this year's #Hacktoberfest https://t.co/dVjI9FO00C pic.twitter.com/d36onbMHs0— DigitalOcean (@digitalocean) December 2, 2015 Participating »

HacktoberFest, and Making My First OSS Contributions

All last month, DigitalOcean carried out an event called HacktoberFest. In their own words… HacktoberFest is a month-long event encouraging people to contribute to GitHub-hosted open source projects, whether by fixing bugs, creating new features, or updating and writing documentation. More significantly, t-shirts were involved. And stickers. Developers love them some swag. And we’re pretty much suckers for any kind of prize if it means proudly lording it over our fellow developers for a little while. In hopes of inspiring each other, of course. DigitalOcean didn’t leave people to flounder about looking for projects either. They worked with »

Getting started with Git

Subversion has been my VCS of choice the last few years. We use it at work, and so using it at home too made me that much more comfortable with it and knowledgeable about it. If you want to try it out, check out VisualSVN. It’s small, free, and only takes a few minutes to set up. I had it running on a spare machine with some other development tools. I read and hear more about Git than SVN nowadays (perhaps due to the popularity of sites like GitHub and Bitbucket). The fundamental difference between the two is that »