Showing posts from February, 2018

Hundredth Contribution on Github!

You should celebrate every small milestone you reach Today I made my 100th contribution on Github. I definitely feel good about it and want to celebrate it. Why celebrate? I recently read an article saying, "If you want to change and change for the good, you should celebrate every small milestone you reach. It not only helps you in keeping track of the changes in your life but also makes you feel better." I have decided, I will celebrate by writing about how I started contributing to Open Source community.  I probably heard about free open source software (FOSS) when I was 8. Trying to play mkv file and being unsuccessful after using windows media player. I asked my cousin about it, he told me to use VLC media player it plays all kinds of formats, it's free and open source. I was like what the heck is open source, and choose to forget about it and just remember the fact that it's free and can play my mkv files. My next big encounter with the word FOSS was when I joi…

Getting started with Alexa Skills

Alexa, tell me how to get started  Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to build an Alexa Skill and play around with it but are too afraid to begin? Getting scared just by the prospect of where to begin with? Then you are reading the right article. I won’t be telling you how to make an Alexa Skill but will share my experience on how I started and what you need to do in order to get started. I heard about Alexa Skills from one of my seniors in my college (read: centre) who was bragging about the skill he had made and how good it was doing. Don’t get me wrong, he had earned his bragging rights. I got excited and started exploring Alexa Skills. I went through the Alexa Skill Kit website, clicking here and there and got to know javascript is used in making the Skills. Since it was out of my comfort zone I thought, “Beta, tumse na ho payega!” (Son, you won’t be able to do this). A few days later I again went back to Alexa Skill Kit website and forced myself to click on Learn t…