Update on Open Source Contribution: April 14

Hey there folks!

This week I worked on lots of projects and also continued working on Microsoft calculator. Check out my previous blog post to know more about it.

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While testing we encountered internal server problem with the Azure pipelines. It was fixed by one of the code maintainers when he closed and re-opened the PR. And then, suddenly tests started working. I have never seen this kind of fix ever.

I have already finished my tasks. I am just waiting for them to get it merge with the main codebase.

Firefox Fenix


Firefox Fenix is a new browser for Android

Fenix is a Mozilla project. Soon, the default Mozilla Firefox browser will be archived and Fenix will take over it. I think it’s because fenix had lots of cool features. The main one is that Fenix can save state of your browsing. In programming world it’s like saving the state of collection of numerous tabs.

Its written in Kotlin.

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In this project, I worked on two bugs.

Fenix(Issue-1)

The scroll was working fine in portrait mode but broken in landscape mode. To fix the problem I added Scroll view around Linear layout which simply fixed the problem and scroll was working fine in landscape mode.

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Fenix(Issue-1)

Again the problem was related to landscape mode of the app. This time the search input text used to lost whenever user tried to switch his device from portrait mode to landscape mode or vice versa. So, to fix it I found a very common and effective solution to this problem. And, it solved the bug but unfortunately code maintainers didn’t liked my fix.

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Overall, I really liked working with fenix. I am still looking forward to fix more of its issues.

Mifos mobile


Mifos Mobile Banking App for clients

Its an Android Application built on top of the MifosX Self-Service platform for end-user customers to view/transact on the accounts and loans they hold. Data visible to customers will be a sub-set of what staff can see.

This is a native Android Application written in Java with POJO classes in Kotlin.

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In this project, I worked on two bugs.

Mifos(Issue-1)

It was my first time working on this new project so I tried to chose a easy issue to fix and luckily I found a issue related to UI. All I had to do was to align the text(Account Number) in center.

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Mifos(Issue-2)

Now time was to do something that I have never done before. I found a issues in which they needed a confirmation dialog box whenever a user tries to change the password. So I used material dialog class to do it.

New changes

I always wondered how to implement those fancy dialog boxes and today I actually implemented it myself

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This week I found developers don’t give much importance to the landscape layout of android apps and due to which number of issues are filed related to the app orientation.

Overall, I feel proud to work on so many projects in just two weeks. Most importantly I got a good opportunity to work on Microsoft and Mozilla project.

I will be still looking out for some other exciting Open Source projects to work on so let me know in comments if you have any recommendations.

Stay Tuned!

Update on Open Source Contribution: April 05

Hey there folks!

Last month I worked on an issue in AntennaPod. Check out my previous blog post to know more about it.

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Finally, after multiple commits my PR has been merged.

This Month

This week I worked on Microsoft Calculator.

If you are a Windows person you might have came across Microsoft Calculator.

This is how it used to look before
Now it’s the most powerful calculator application

The application is written in C++

The issue that I chose to work on:

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I found there were several controls (AppBar, OperatorTextBox and OperandTextBox) that were no longer used and were laying in the codebase for no reason. So my task was to remove those controls and its instances from the source code.

I have already submitted my PR, waiting for their review.

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Although it was a code cleaning task, I was introduced to an ancient C++ code. I have to say its well written and maintained. Even the setting up the project was a piece of cake.

Overall, It was a great opportunity for me to work on a Microsoft project.

In upcoming weeks, I will be working and fixing more issue in Open Source projects and definitely will post a blog update about it.

Stay Tuned!

Open Source Contribution Summary: Feb Edition

As may have seen my older blog posts in which I posted stuff about my participation in Open Source projects whether it is fixing a small bug, improving UI, fixing typos in a document or implementing a cool feature.

If not, check out my previous posts to get more information about my work on Open Source projects in detail.

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Pull Requests

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Pull Request 4

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Link to my Github

Lessons learned…

  • Earlier when I was finding a good first issue, my main concern was about fixing an issue, but later I got to know setting up the project on a personal desktop is the real pain. So, always check if the project dependencies are compatible with your machine prior to the installation process.
  • You need to know basic Git commands like push, pull.
  • Find issue easily by filtering search results using label. My favourite label ones are good first issue and bug
  • There so many ways to fix a problem and there might be times when code maintainers don’t like your fix so don’t feel bad instead learn from it.
  • Writing comments above your code is a good practice.
  • Don’t look around too much for a solution, its okay to ask for help from your fellow developers or Open Source community.
  • At the end of the day Stack overflow will be your best friend.
  • Don’t rush, take it easy and enjoy the process.

Some cool things…

  • My GitHub contribution activity table has started looking green now.
  • I was invited to join Code For Boston community on slack and worked with awesome developers.
  • I was added on MojiScript contributors list by the owner.

Reflection

  • I am getting very comfortable with React and Android.
  • I learned to implement APIs in a web application and it will be very helpful in future projects.
  • While finding issues, I discovered several projects that uses machine learning and I am looking forward to work on it.

Overall, it was a great experience!

In upcoming weeks, I will be working and fixing more issue in Open Source projects and definitely will post a blog update about it.

Stay Tuned!

My Next Steps in Contributing to the Open-Source Society


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After successfully getting started with contributing to the Open-Source society. I am planning to work on four new Open-Source projects in the future.

Check out my previous blog post to know more about my first contribution to the Open-Source society.

MICROSOFT – VS CODE

VS Code is a type of tool that combines the simplicity of a code editor with what developers need for their core edit-build-debug cycle. It provides comprehensive editing and debugging support, an extensibility model, and lightweight integration with existing tools.

  VS Code is built using Javascript, Typescript, and CSS on top of Electron framework.

I have been using the VS Code for two years and I love this code editor. I usually develop web apps using the VS Code. Currently, the VS Code has around 4500 issues on GitHub. I want to help the VS Code by fixing some of its issues. Also, I will become more familiar with Javascript and TypeScript.

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BRAVE – BRAVE BROWSER

Brave is a free and open-source web browser available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and IOS. Brave is designed with a built-in adblocker to provide an ad-free and seamless browsing experience.

The Brave windows browser is built using JavaScript and Brave android app uses Java.

I have been using Brave for six months but never thought of contributing to it. Now, I am planning to resolve potential issues to both the Brave Windows browser and the Brave Android App. I will be able to improve my front end skills with JavaScript. I will also gain a deeper understanding of different functionalities of the web browser.

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Google Play Store

GitHub – Web

GitHub – Android

DUCK DUCK GO – ANDROID

Duck Duck Go is an Internet search engine available on Web, Android, and IOS platforms. The astonishing thing about this search engine is to protect the user’s privacy. It avoids the filter bubble of personalized search results and shows all users the same search results for a given search term.

The Duck Duck Go Android app is built using Kotlin.

It has been a month since I started developing on Android apps using Java but never worked with Kotlin. It will be a great opportunity for me to learn about Kotlin. I am planning to resolve the backend related issues of the project. I will also learn about how a search engine works.

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Google Play Store

GitHub

TEAMMATES

TEAMMATES is a free online tool for managing peer evaluations and other feedback paths of your students. It is provided as a cloud-based service for educators/students and is currently used by hundreds of universities across the world.

The Teammates website uses both Java and TypeScript.

I am really good at Java programming and want to contribute my skills and time to resolve issues on the project. Moreover, I will be able to develop my programming skills with TypeScript. I will be able to further develop my knowledge/understanding of the Java production-ready applications.

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Github

Let me know if you want to recommend any Open-Source projects related to JavaScript, Android and Machine Learning.