I'm not able to choose an organization

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Raksh .N

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Feb 26, 2024, 1:20:59 PMFeb 26
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Hello everyone,

I’m Raksh, a 4th year student in Bachelor of Technology. I’m new to open-source development.


I’m writing this post to discuss my difficulties while choosing organizations and projects.


Although GSOC mainly focuses on students and beginners in open-source development(both of which I am), I am facing the following difficulties:


1. Understanding the Project Description:
 I find it very difficult to understand what the project is and what needs to be accomplished

2. Lack of confidence:
As I went through some organizations and their projects, I felt like there was a lot more to learn before I could start contributing to the organization. I am not so confident regarding my technical strength to contribute to the project.
  
I’m reaching out to this professional group members, to seek help for my problems and hurdles.

Keeping in mind all the beginners who would read this post in the future, I would much appreciate insights on:
  1. How to better understand project descriptions and the goals of the project
  2. How to know if a contributor is technically sound enough to pick up a project


Thank you so much for your attention and participation

Google Summer of Code Support

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Feb 26, 2024, 2:22:44 PMFeb 26
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One thing to keep in mind - some orgs just have more challenging projects so keep looking, it may take you looking into 10 or 12 orgs before you find one that seems like it's a better fit with your skillset. Many orgs have mostly 'easy' projects which really are geared toward someone who is excited to learn but has basic coding experience in a particular programming language or two.

It's totally normal to think you may not have the skills needed to do a particular project, GSoC is a program to help people who want to learn more throughout their GSoC experience and it's a platform for curious and excited developers to excel. 

Of course you do need to be relatively comfortable coding in the programming language(s) used by the particular project since you will spend 3+ months coding on the project. In the talks we give we often tell folks if you have been learning coding for a year or more then you should be fine and can handle many of the projects in GSOC. Some projects are going to require folks who likely have been coding for a few years or more or have experience in multiple programming languages. 

The main takeaway is there are a lot of different types of projects and mentoring orgs, some have more complicated codebases than others. You may want to stick to one of the easier codebases if you are feeling unsure of your abilities.

In some orgs, their project descriptions are definitely more complicated than others - that doesn't mean the project itself is complicated, just the mentor who wrote the description didn't make it simple for someone new to open source or their project to be able to understand the project idea.

To decide if you are 'technically sound' the best way to do that is to reach out to the org and talk with them. You'll be able to figure out very quickly if it's a good fit for your skills.

Best,
Stephanie
GSoC Program Lead

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Raksh .N

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Mar 1, 2024, 7:13:13 PMMar 1
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Thanks for the suggestions, Stephanie. I will surely implement all of them. I guess, I've to reach out to the orgs' mentors now to know if I'm a good fit for the project.
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