Getting the most out of Hacktoberfest – Part 1

Happy Hacktoberfest! Have you been to the Hacktoberfest website to sign up? Have you perused the open Hacktoberfest tagged issues on GitHub?

If not, don’t worry. There’s plenty of time to get started. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, we have some pointers for helping out with Chef’s projects.

New to GitHub and looking for some issues to help out with? GitHub’s issue search allows you to dig around for just the issues you’re looking for. 

Our Sous Chefs friends have issues labeled “Good First Issue” to help new contributors get started with things that aren’t too crazy but still need to get done. So if you’re a Chef Infra cookbook master, take a look in their repos:

  • Log in on GitHub
  • In the search bar, you can use 
    • is:open is:issue org:sous-chefs label:”Good first issue”
    • is:open is:issue org:sous-chefs label:”Help Wanted”
  • Read the Sous Chef Contributing Guide
  • Find an interesting issue and get coding!
  • Specific cookbooks that could use some of your love are 

Maybe Chef InSpec is more to your interest? The InSpec and community have some issues you might take a look at:

Have you been working with Chef Habitat? Maybe you can lend a hand this month with updating some of the Core Plans or other bits and pieces? Check out what’s marked under “E-easy”; there are packages that need version updates and other tasks.  

Lots of cool stuff is going on around Hacktoberfest. Check out the Hacktoberfest events page for an event near you. Join Chef’s Community Slack to meet more Chef developers, ask questions, and learn new things. If you’re not ready to contribute yet, keep up with all of Chef’s products on Learn Chef Rally; it’s full of free learning modules for plenty of topics around Chef Infra, Chef Habitat, and Chef InSpec.

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Mandi Walls

Mandi is Technical Community Manager for Chef. She can be found online @LNXCHK.