October 25, 2016

Hacktoberfest on Exercism

It's October, and for the third year running, Digital Ocean is running Hacktoberfest in partnership with GitHub.

It works like this: you sign up, submit pull requests to open source projects during the month of October, and if at least four of them are merged, you qualify for a limited edition Hacktoberfest t-shirt. It's a nice shirt, too.

You can sign up here: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com

On Exercism we've received 336 pull requests so far this month. A whole 262 of those have been merged.

If you want to find some low-hanging fruit to get started, go ahead and do a search on GitHub with the following:



org:exercism label:hacktoberfest

Another good search term is label:"good first patch". That might bring up the same issues for now, but we use it the rest of the year as well for issues that are fairly straight-forward to tackle—even if you're new to contributing to Exercism or to open source in general.

If none of those issues appeal to you, then find the repository for your favorite language track in the list on http://exercism.io/repositories and use the "Porting an Exercise to another Language Track" guide in the contributing guide at https://github.com/exercism/x-common/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md#porting-an-exercise-to-another-language-track to implement new exercises for the track.

You've got almost a week to get those pull requests in and qualify for a t-shirt!