Tips for a kickass ninja resume

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“Will my resume make it or not?”
The question that pops up in every candidate’s mind when applying for a job or internship. Call it magic call it true but your resume is what you are for the Hiring Manager who has never met you before. A quick glance of 30secs by the interviewer decides your resume’s fate. It either gets selected or goes to trash!
So how does one make an impact in such short time? 
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Here are some tips and tricks by the eminent hiring professionals who tell what are the elements of a good eye-catching resume.
  • Customize: Today, customization is the key to a successful venture. The same holds true for your resume. Customize your resume to suite the job specifications. Do not blabber about stuff which is of no relevance, highlight the key skills required for the job and how crafty you are with them. Following the same old resume template and forwarding it to every employer doesn’t work. Concentrate on the keywords used in the job description, tailor your resume to be the closest possible fit and voila, you’re there.
  • Best comes first: One should always highlight the most relevant experiences as close to the top as possible.  It should not be halfway down the page, and definitely not somewhere near the bottom. With a blink of an eye, you know the recruiter is looking at the very top of your resume.

 

  • The strategic use of emphasis: Your resume will highlight your key strengths only if they are actually highlighted. Emphasize on the important stuff by the means of bold fonts and underlines. Personally, I advise everybody to use the 3 B Rule (Keep them bold, ❶ bulleted and brief)

 

  • Keep it simple silly: Your resume is a highly professional document, do not dress it up like a birthday card. Use of multiple colors, gaudy texts and backgrounds will only make it worse unless you’re a graphic designer(where you can actually showcase your imaginations). Keep it simple, straightforward and subtle.

 

  • Focus on the relevance: As your experience grows, your resume will become longer. What needs to be kept in mind is that the interviewer is not there to read a theater script, keep the content in resonance with the job description.

 

If you know you’re qualified for a position, your resume should make it easy for a recruiter to find evidence of this. Place everything appropriately, move your strengths to the top, and don’t be afraid to show off in the rest of your resume. Get going, make yourself a Ninja’s resume!

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A Quick Tip For The Young And Ambitious

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Life, like surfing is all about the wave selection and reading waves is a tough skill. If you are looking for the exponential wave to surf for career growth, then read on to unravel the mystery.

Have you ever pursued something difficult that seemed the logical thing to do to step up in your career, and then feeling motivated you went on to tackle the monster all by yourself, only to later find yourself almost crushed? If so, consider enrolling yourself in a mentorship program.

‘There are options in life. It’s not necessary that high achievements can only be garnered by choosing difficult options.’ – Dear Zindagi Movie

Typically, a mentor is an older, more experienced person who works with the mentee, on behalf of the mentee’s best interests and goals. Mentor-mentee relationships can either be formal – organized through a mentoring program or informal – established through connections. Most of the benefits of being mentored are commonly recognized, so here are the big ones as a refresher.

  • Structured learning can save you hours of struggle. The role your skillset will play in your career is pretty straightforward: The better you are at what you do, the more successful you will be.
  • Gain exposure from second-hand experiences. This reminds me of a well said quote by Otto von Bismarck – “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
  • Improve your performance.  We all know how easy it is to get lost in the woods on days of low self-motivation.
  • Build a network and make connections with peers that may otherwise take years to develop.

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Remember not to be fooled by the impression, that the outcome of your career is dependent on the actions and inputs of others. The truth is, you are in charge of the chemical reaction in which the mentor – is merely a catalyst.

Now you are thinking how to go ahead and find a mentor. A great place to start would be your own college, to find a senior who has done what you aspire to do. This Senior might still be in college, or an Alumni whom you know. Don’t stop there, there are other places on the Internet like LinkedIn where you can find people who have been successful and are also ready to help. One place where I actually found Mentorship to strengthen my programming skills was Coding Ninjas(http://www.codingninjas.in/). They have some very good courses with awesome mentors. How do I know? Because, I was also in your shoes once, kudos to Ankush and Kannu Sir for making it worthwhile.

But, the story of surfing the exponential wave doesn’t end here. It’s been said that you never really learn something until you teach it. So, take out some time to work and develop yourself after the mentee phase and once you feel more confident, switch to the mentor phase.

We tend to think about a mentorship program only from the mentee’s perspective but a little pondering will show that the returns from a mentor’s side are great career boosters as well. Few good pointers worth noting, are listed below.

Refresh your knowledge. Mentoring someone can provide a greater perspective and clarity about what you already know.

Hone your leadership, management and communication skills.

Build your credibility and reputation as a role model.

Mentoring does not necessarily mean that you must take out a lot of time from your already hectic schedule. All it means is that you spend quality time with the mentee because every interaction counts.

To wind up I would say, whether you become a mentor or a mentee, it’s a classic win-win situation. Now that the facts are clear, choose a role that brings you a step closer to your goals. Would love to hear your takeaways from the journey in the comments section!

Your Cheat Sheet To Tech Jobs

An army of techies are making rounds to find that perfect tech job every year. You have two options; follow the herd and knock the gates with your average skills or stand out of the crowd to make way. Navigating across job applications and interviews can award you a bagful of stress and anxiety. You need to have a better understanding of what a recruiter wants to land up with that perfect job. Now, this comes with an additional responsibility of having a unique combination of skills and personality. So the question here really is that with so many people competing at once, how does one stand out of the crowd?
Here are some tips rolling in from some of the most illustrious recruiting managers of the tech industry.
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Show ’em that you are deploy ready: No matter how much your resume speaks, companies want to be certain you are adept at the skills required for the job. Many a times, the companies don’t want to hire to train you, they want you to jump in and do the job. Read the job responsibilities well in advance, tailor your resume accordingly and make them believe you are a plug-and-play talent for the job!

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  • Learn to code: Programming is an essential skill for tech professions. There are allotted scores for languages such as C++, Java, C#, Visual Basic and more. Basic knowledge of coding and problem solving is a must for the entrants. There’s no second way to that so why lose out on it? Start your coding journey today with us. Coding Ninja offers you an array of courses and bootcamps to choose from. It’s never too late to start if you want to.

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  • Interdisciplinary skill sets: Employers want their employees not only collaborate with a team of people from different departments but also to think like them to make working together easier. Showcase your cross disciplinary skills to the recruiter. Tell them about what else out of the box skills you’ve acquired over time. Read, study and know about the functions outside of yours.

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  • Love the company, do your homework well: Everybody wants a job which is more than a paycheck. Similarly companies want employees who believe in the company, are aligned with the goals and ideals and make work their passion. You always need to make that first impression right. Don’t apply for a job just for the sake of it. Study about the job role, company profile, work culture etc. and show what an ardent fan you are of the company and their ideals.

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  • Stay hungry, stay foolish: Your inquisitiveness paves your way to success. Come up with your own questions, don’t be a programmed robot. Your pro-activeness will showcase your personality. Besides, it’ll also make the recruiter believe you’re genuinely interested in the company and job.

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  • Personality: Now this is an aspect in which only you can help yourself. Make your speech and text uptight. Dress up well, have some chivalry and confidence to exhibit your potential. Your presence in the room is what makes a difference. Get noticed or be invisible.

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Follow these bare basics and be geared up for your next interview. You know what’s cooler? With over 2500 students, we at Coding Ninjas have been constantly striving to make your talent reach greater heights. Join us today to become a Code Ninja and be in the league of over 400 students who have bagged their dream jobs with top Multinational giants.

GSOC – Time to pick an Org!

BLOG_GSOOCWith Google Summer of Code 2017 Mentor Organisations just announced, students are (and should be) in a frenzy to pick and get familiar with an org of their interest and start contributing as soon as possible. To help along the matter, this post aims at enlisting some of the most popular organisations based on the technology used in their projects. A quick look through should be good to let the students know the most popular choices!

CODING-NINJAS-ANDROIDZulip : Zulip is a powerful group chat application. The server is written in Python with Django; you could also work on cross-platform mobile and desktop apps, or our many integrations

Systers, an Anita Borg Institute community : Increasing the number of women in computing fields and technology.

FOSSASIA : FOSSASIA is the premier Free and Open Source technology organization in Asia for developers, designers, start-ups, and contributors.

Mifos Initiative : FinTech non-profit leveraging the cloud, mobile, and open source community to deliver digital financial services to the world’s 2 billion poor and unbanked.

python-coding-ninjasAerospaceResearch.net : We are AerospaceResearch.net, a small team of space makers solving space problems together with KSat-Stuttgart e.V. and the Cosmic Dust Team.

aimacode : This project provides implementations of the pseudocode algorithms in the textbook “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” along with tutorial examples of algorithm usage.

BeagleBoard.org Foundation : Through Linux and other open source tools, BeagleBoard.org seeks to make enabling computers to interact with the physical world as simple as coding a web page.

Copyleft Games : We produce libraries, engines, frameworks, and development tools for producing games, especially as part of educational environments.

Python Software Foundation : Python is a popular high-level programming language used by scientists, developers, and many others who want to work more quickly and integrate systems more effectively.

python-django-coding-ninjasDjango Software Foundation : Django is a high-level Python Web framework originally designed to build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.

Cadasta : Cadasta is working to build a future where, through technology and community partnership, land and resource rights are universally recognized and protected

CloudCV : CloudCV is a young open source platform to make AI research reproducible by making it easy for researchers to build, compare and share state-of-the-art AI algorithms with everyone.

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KDE : The KDE community produces Free and Open Source Software and brings together artists, designers, programmers, translators, users, writers and other contributors from everywhere.

Mozilla : We’re Mozilla, the proudly non-profit champions of the Internet, helping to keep it healthy, open and accessible to all.

RoboComp : RoboComp is a cutting-edge open-source robotics framework providing tools to easily create, modify and manage robot software components.

SymPy : SymPy is a Python library for symbolic mathematics.

The Linux Foundation : The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Hosting the Linux Kernel. OpenPrinting, Linux Standards Base, SPDX, …

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Ruby on Rails : Learning to build a modern web application is daunting. Ruby on Rails makes it much easier and more fun. It includes everything you need to build fantastic applications.

Ruby Science Foundation : SciRuby is oriented towards providing science and visualization infrastructure for the Ruby Programming Language. We develop and maintain several libraries for this purpose.

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There are many more organisations with a much larger number of projects present that should be explored but the above list is good if you are a beginner and unsure of where to start. For more information on getting your feet wet in the wide pool of Open Source and GSoC, refer to http://blog.codingninjas.in/2017/02/05/attempting-google-summer-of-code/.

This list was curated from my previous experience as a mentor in GSoC 2016 with Systers, An Anita Borg Institute, an experience I hope to repeat this year.

Feel free to leave any comments, questions and doubts in the comments section below!

Those 4 years are not just for getting a job! – Things a collegiate should know

College, the 4 important years of our life which decides our future.
It’s a mad competitive world out there and college prepares you for the run. Securing a job in the final year of college is the ultimate dream of every college student, rather perceived as one. We behave like programmed robots making our way to ‘a secured future’. But are these 4 beautiful years only to sit and study for a job? We are not born to pay bills and die. Similarly, a job is not the final destination to those wonderful 4 years of life!
Think deeper, let your mind fly and you’ll realize that there are limitless possibilities to what you can learn and achieve than merely a job from college.
Step out of the library: You might be a bookworm, get a huge GPA and still not be fit for the top companies. A holistic development is what the companies care about today. Everybody studies, what different did you do? It is really important to explore that ‘other side’ of yours. There is a life out of libraries and classrooms, let it unwind.
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Acquire skills outside your curriculum: Your first and foremost compulsion is to fill your schedule with the subjects of the semester. But think outside the box, there are so many things to study and explore. Learn a bit to code, hone your problem-solving skills, learn a foreign language or stock trading or whatever interests you. Not just your domain subjects but also your life skills shape up your real world.
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Learn to Code- Learning to code is the best gift you can give yourself. There is an ocean of open source resources that you can learn from and become a self taught developer. Break the myth that only Computer Science graduates can code. Today self taught coders are swiping away more high-profile jobs at megaliths like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Flipkart than ones with a Computer Science degree. Learning to code is not that big a deal, all you need to do is to take that first step. Apart from securing a decent job, learning to code enhances your problem-solving abilities and general rhyme and reason in life. We at Coding Ninjas have had the pleasure of helping over 2500 students in learning to code in different domains and secure over 400 jobs in top corporate companies. All they did was taking the right step, you can do that too.   
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Focus on your verbal and nonverbal skills – The major concern of the big shot firms today is the lack of presentation, written and verbal skills in the millennials. Grammar and public speaking do not come in easy. We ignore this for the most of our college life and hustle in the last year. The result? Average vocabulary, grammar and soft skills.
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Utilize the campus opportunities: Sports, Music, Dance, Event management and what not. Your university provides you with ample opportunities, the only problem is to take a step forward. Many people shy away from it, few think it’s useless and despise the people who are into this. But take a moment and think out loud, isn’t something better than nothing? Is sleeping in a dorm room better or organizing a hackathon? You decide.
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Get an internship: Apart from giving you industry exposure, an internship gets you ready for the real corporate world. You meet new people, visit new places and get acquainted with the work life. It shapes up your personality and domain knowledge. An internship should never be decided based on what you’re studying right now. Rather it should be an escape to figure out what you actually want to do future.
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Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs are born and brought up in the hostel corridors. Taking that one step to do something changes your life. Everyone wants to be a Steve Jobs, the least you could do is try. Working in minimal resources gives rise to ‘Jugaad’ and you understand the life better. It opens your eyes to the dimensions unknown and the lessons will stay with you for life. Develop an app, monetize an idea, join an NGO… make a difference and your life will be different. College life is the best time to take a step into entrepreneurship. You have resources galore and the opportunities of networking are just unimaginable. Moreover the entrepreneurship cells provide you the guidance and support required to build your own company brick by brick. Dream, run and fly!

Recursion (The Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly)

Recursion is a topic most beginner programmers fear and when you get the hang of it, it works like magic (Congrats! Not a noob anymore). When someone introduces recursion, they say it’s basically a function which calls back itself, and your brain goes like WHAAAAAT??

So here’s this GIF which not only gives you a complete mindfuck but also a visual description of what recursion is. Too scary huh? Well, not really. Once, you get an idea of how recursion works and  which base case to work with, it runs smooth as ice. Sometimes, you won’t even be able to fathom how your code worked when it did.
Well, the mantra for recursion is ” Let recursion do the work for you”.

THE GOOD

1. For all those people who want to make their code look pretty as a picture, recursion is the best way to do that. Recursion makes a code more compact, readable and so very elegant.
2. If you can master recursion, it can turn out to be your best friend. Solutions using recursion are easier to strike and code. It also avoids redundancy of code, and your codes are easier to read and maintain.
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3. Three magic words: tail call optimization: Some functional languages implement this wizardry. So basically, what happens is, if a function’s return expression is a result of a function call, the stack frame is reused instead of pushing a new stack frame in the call stack. Sadly, only a few imperative languages have this wizardry.

 

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THE BAD

A lot of programmers avoid using recursion and believe that it is less efficient than it’s iterative counterparts.

 1. Recursion can lead to the perils of stack overflow. To understand better, let’s look at the steps for functions call:-
  •  space is carved out on the stack for function arguments and variables.
  •  arguments are copied into this new space
  • control jumps to the function
  • function code runs
  • function results are copied into the new value
  • stack rewounds to its previous position
  • control jumps back to the caller
Mostly, all of these steps consume more time than their iterative counterparts. Therefore, recursive methods are relatively less efficient in those cases.
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2. More importantly, when most programs start, they allocate a single chunk of memory to the stack, if that memory is used, the entire program crashes due to stack overflow.
3. Each function call eats up a lot of space. That amount of space isn’t recovered until the function returns. Iterative methods do not suffer from such problems.
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5 reasons to be at CodeKaze

Code-Kaze is back with its third edition and this time you wouldn’t want to miss it for anything in the world! It’s triple the fun, challenge and prizes. Code-Kaze is an online coding challenge with a twist and you need to attend it to experience the awesomeness. Why should you attend it, you ask? Ninjas ahoy! Here are the top 5 reasons to participate in Code-Kaze.
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  • Showcase your deadly Ninja skills: You have been sharpening your swords, it’s time that you strike. Put in your coding moves and stand out of the crowd. Competing in online challenges not only certifies your zest for coding but also aids in your portfolio building. Want a final revision before getting to the battle ground? Check out our ‘Challenge of the day’ here.
  • Race against time: Everybody runs the race but only the fastest wins. Code Kaze is not just about solving the problem statement but solving it faster than anybody else. Your brain and those code hands need to move at an equal pace. The fastest fingers will be the first!
  • Hone your skills: Attending the challenge can hone your important industry-specific job skills. Your problem-solving abilities and brain teasing levels will be skyrocketing. Every industry looks for a candidate who has sharp ideation and coding skills.The more you compete, better you become.
  • A truckload of Prizes: A Ninja’s dedication is worthy of a reward and we’ve got amazing rewards stacked up for you. Cash prizes worth INR 10,000 is what the winners take away. Oh yes! And besides the cash, there is a truckload of goodies as giveaways.
  • A rewarding experience: Code Kaze is an extremely rewarding experience! Let’s face it -creating something from scratch isn’t that simple. And there is no greater feeling of accomplishment than coding your heart out to see your solution come to life in just a matter of few hours. Not to mention, there are prizes galore and Ninja lessons to take away.
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If it does not challenge you, it does not change you. Get rolling ninjas, register now!

A Complete Guide to Competitive Coding

What is competitive coding?
First things first, you must know what competitive coding means. It’s like a mind sport over the internet or LAN. A problem statement is thrown to the coders with provided specifications and guidelines and ‘Atta Boy!’ people get to work. Companies like google and facebook encourage these events for their employees on a regular basis. Competitive coding is a fad among the collegiate and graduates. And websites like CodeZenSPOJ, Codechef, and others are taking it to a whole new level.
What kind of problems does it have?
 
It consists of pragmatic usage of classical algorithms and data structures. Your creativity and problem-solving skills are what come into play next. A basic knowledge around things like Complexity Analysis and Discrete Mathematics is required to become a good problem solver.
The problems rotate majorly around:
  • Dynamic Programming (Knapsack, 8-queens, Traveling Salesman)
  • Backtracking (8-queens, Sudoku)
  • Greedy Algorithms (Matching Pursuit, Egyptian Fractions)
  • Sorting (Binary Search, Merge-sort)
  • Search/Path-finding (Breadth-First Search, Depth-First Search, Dijkstra)
  • Network Flow Problems (Minimum Cut, Max Flow)
  • Combinatorial  (Permutations, Calendrical Calculations)
  • Geometrical (Convex Hull, Minkowski Sum)

How can I get good at it?

They say that you need to strengthen your base notes to hit that high octave. Don’t you? So let’s get you started with some basic preparation here.
  • Get basic coding and hands-on knowledge on C, C++ or Java. These are the basic languages allowed in any programming competition. Check out our website for courses that can make you a coding rockstar!
  • Get hitched with an online judge. He will be the critic and guide on your road to code. CodeZen, HackerearthSPOJ, Codechef, Top coders are the ones recommended.
  • Read, practice, implement. There is an ocean of resources on the internet, all available for free. All you need to do is sit and code!
  • Practice as much as you can on popular topics like Graphs, dynamic programming, number theory, arrays etc.
  • When you’ve practiced enough, all that’s left is to participate. Participate in competitions as much as you can. With our Coding Ninja challenges, you can constantly workout and develop those coding biceps.
  • Read and react. Review the codes by top coders, understand their approach and try to outdo it. This is a very important aspect as you get a cheat sheet to what top coders do and how you can better your methodologies.
  • DON’T GIVE UP AND DON’T GIVE IN! I say this, because there is a difference between the two. You should be persistent and sincere no doubts about that but do not get stuck. The moment you feel that’s happening, take a break, get a beer/green tea 😉 or listen to your favourite song. Get back to work and if it still doesn’t work, move on!
Don’t wait up, pick up your Ninja code swords and cut through the world of competitive coding today!

Attempting Google Summer Of Code

The easiest way to get started with GSoC is to just get started! It is not rocket science. It is not even difficult. The process in itself not at all hard or demanding but it is made elusive by the amount of talent and hard work it sees from the students who participate. The aim of the post is to not let any misunderstanding about the the process, or the assumption that the projects to be done, are difficult, hold back a student from trying.

The projects in GSoC are usually simple, well majority of them are. Complex projects do exist but plenty of projects can be picked up by dedicated beginners and be completed successfully. Even if you feel you are not qualified enough,give it a shot as soon as possible, don’t wait for next year. Being rejected (if it happens) in the first attempt will teach you a lot more than the year of waiting will.

So let us start and answer the first question, where to start?

Disclaimer : I will be using the project I mentored in GSoC 2016, PowerUp by Systers to illustrate the process. Also the guide will apply more on development/coding projects under GSoC as I am not well versed to the process of applying for research/scientific projects that exist.

1) Pick an organization (or a project)

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To be (preferably) done before the organizations are officially announced

This is sometimes the easiest part, sometimes the hardest.

First things first, what are these organizations? The organizations participating in Gsoc are open source organizations that put up their entire code-base for the developer community to share and build upon. Open Source means just that, open for all. This is not the same as free software but that is beyond the topic of today.

Your task is to go ahead and browse the 150+ organizations list of GSoC(previous edition) and pick one that catches your eye. Or you can browse projects according to your preferred technology stack and pick one from there. For example, say you were to search Android, you would come up with a bucket loads of projects and say you picked PowerUp.

While picking an organisation early you run the slight risk of that organisation not participating or qualifying for the next edition so place your bets safely (preferably an organisation that has had at least 3-4 projects in the previous edition).

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Before we move to the next step, you have to know what contributing to a project technically means. It can involve various aspects like : a) Creating an Issue. b) Sending a Pull Request 3) Documentation. 4) So on….

Don’t feel dizzy just yet, explanations are on the way.

For beginners to version control, you would need to learn the ins and outs of Git and Github and how to work on collaborative projects. Refer:https://github.com/chhavip/Git-Guide to get started off the right foot.

A) Creating an Issue.

For this you need to go through the project (run it on device, deploy it on server) and find bugs in it. Head over to the issues section of your project, make sure it doesn’t already exist and open it up! If it gets approved by the project maintainers, you might get to work on it too. Usually it is advised to open an issue first and then send its solution rather than just sending the fix.

B) Sending a Pull Request

Remember the solution to bugs we talked about? This is it. How do you fix something or add a new feature to the project? Pull Request is the way to go. You work on your copy of the project and send a request for specific changes to be merged with the original project. If it gets merged? Go out and celebrate!

C) Documentation

An easier approach to contribution that is often overlooked. Coders are lazy to document but it matters! Help complete the introduction, write the wiki or a guide about the project and believe me the mentors will be more than happy.

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2) Start working on your picked project

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How much work you do is left up to your own dedication

This is the salient part of the whole process. Here your main aim is to get to know about the project, the organisation and the kind of work they do. Now different organizations go about differently. For some you can simply start out by creating issues and sending PRs on their project, for others you need to introduce yourself first on the mailing list, ask for the required work to be done and then start. The main point being that this is the point where you can showcase your coding skills and make the mentors believe that you are good enough to be selected.

A sample procedure for contributing to an organisation: Suppose you picked PowerUp as your project of choice, then head over to the issues list : https://github.com/systers/powerup-android/issues and sort through all the available issues. Sometimes labels like ‘beginner’ and ‘gsoc’ are put up to help first time contributors make their mark. Understand the project and see if you can fix this issue. If you can, the voilà! But not just yet. The best way to go about sending code to an organization is to first comment on an issue and express your willingness to fix it, wait for approval from the mentor and then you can go ahead and submit that PR . This way the mentors can interact with you and let you know any intricacies hidden with solving the issue or if it has already been assigned to someone else. Again, this may not be the procedure with every organization but serves for widely approved conduct.

3) See the Ideas List

Blog_idea-01Organizations start releasing their ideas list at the same time they start applying to be a part of GSoC which happens around in February. Go through this list. It can have the project you have been working on or completely new projects and sometimes you can even suggest your own ideas to the organization. From the ideas list, pick the projects that seem most suitable to you and start envisioning how you would go about completing the same. This forms the base of the project timeline and the time you spent upon several ideas will showcase your understanding of the same in the proposal. So selecting a final project for which you will be submitting a proposal is a crucial step, give it time.

4) Write a Proposal

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Now comes the part that carries a good amount of weight age in your selection. This is almost the last step in your entire journey. Now what is a proposal? After the organizations are officially released on the GSoC site, now is your time to start going through the ideas list of each of your previously shortlisted organizations and see what projects suit you best. You may submit a proposal for a completely new project and not the one you contributed to as contributions to the organization are considered on an overall basis. A proposal basically contains all the information about yourself, your academic status and information about how long have you been working in open source. The important parts of the proposal are where you are supposed to answer queries related to your vision and plans for the selected project and provide a concrete timeline according to which you will be working throughout the summer. This is to judge your understanding of the project and see if you can correctly estimate and incorporate the time it would take to complete the project.

In many ways your proposal is the only medium for the organization to get to know you so keep in mind the following points when composing one:

  • Submit as early as possible and utilise mentor feedback.
  • Do not deviate too much from the basic requirements, Quality matters more than Quantity.
  • It’s the only medium for organisation to know you, provide adequate information.
  • Tabulate the final timeline in a clean and efficient manner.
  • Make the timeline as realistic as possible, include buffer period for code cleanup, bug fixing and documentation (an important but often overlooked part).

5) Get Involved with the Community

 

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Now this is a somewhat vague aspect of the process and so might my advice seem to be. Problem being that there is no set pattern as to how to go about doing this as different organizations have different form of communications. But the purpose is the same irrespective of the organization – make yourself known. This does not mean that you badger the mentors or flood the mailing list! This means that you maintain healthy communication with the members, by properly introducing yourself, by properly researching on a topic to make an informed query and also by helping out fellow students who are stuck somewhere. If your organization arranges a video chat with its prospective applicants, do attend even if you don’t have any questions! You might be able to answer someone else’s query and that will go a long way in uplifting your image.

Coming to the end of this very long post, my final piece of advice (request) would be that you apply, doesn’t matter if you are an absolute beginner or if there is only one month left on the clock. Even if your chances are less than zero, you are guaranteed not to walk away empty handed by investing a few weeks in this task.

I’ll be happy to answer any specific queries. Feel free to post your queries in the comments section below 🙂

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7 important skills of a kickass Coding Ninja!

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It’s a Ninja world out there! Ninjas are lightning sharp and swift. And with the evolution of programming and programmers, a new breed of coders leveled up. These were the Samurais of the Code World, popularly known as a ‘Code Ninja’. Wondering who is a Code Ninja? Urban dictionary defines it as someone who has excellent knowledge in many programming languages. A Coding Ninjitsu defines the discipline and strategies that a Code Ninja follows for accuracy, speed and power. So here are some characteristics of a kickass coding Ninja:
Bugei (Martial Skills):
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Great technical skills are the primary weapons or the Buki of a coding Ninja. He/She is not afraid of whatever comes in the way and ready to tackle it all. Years of experience and adding new languages to the stack from time to time builds up a master Ninja.
Willingness to learn:
Reason_2-01The school of learning (Kogaku) should always be resident in a Coding Ninja’s heart. Technology is always evolving and the skills and abilities of a coder need to be revised from time to time. It’s important that a coder has an interest in following the latest trends and is eager to participate in any continuing education opportunities that are available.
Aikijujutsu (Combative grappling):
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Creating code is only part of the job, debugging is an important aspect. When the code doesn’t work as expected, a coder is expected to get to the root of the problem and fix it effectively.  A true coding Ninja prefers to carefully investigate his code and research possible issues until an answer is found instead of aimlessly editing the code.
Hensogakurejutsu (The art of blending): 
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Some programmers require complete silence to concentrate, while others thrive in chaos. A true coding Ninja can thrive in any conditions to complete his errand.
Gowaza (Problem Solving/Hard Fighting skills):
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A good coding ninja thrives on finding ways to make something work, despite the hurdles.  The problem-solving skills of a ninja enables him/her to break a complex problem bit by bit and find the road to glory.
Kurai Mori (Path of fire):
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An ideal coding Ninja should be able to work in tight deadlines and stressed situations with utmost ease. He is unstoppable!
 
Keiraku (Art of planning):
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Rather than beating around the bush and irrational strikes, a coding ninja always understands a problem, lays out a plan (pseudo codes, logos, logic maps, ERDs) and then executes it carefully.
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Being a coding Ninja involves discipline and a lot of fun too! Unsure of the fun part? Well, we at Coding Ninjas make sure about that aspect. Visit our website today for the amazing challenges and learning camps and become a Coding Ninja today! Ready? Hit the code and shout Haiiiiyaaahuuuuu!!!!