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Hack night updates: Canada gem, helpdesk, wiki, IRC, etc

From: Godfrey C.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:57 AM

I have a few announcements and updates about our hack nights (if you still haven't heard about the hack nights, check out our website for details):

Open Source Projects

Many of us have been working on various open source projects at the hack nights. Today, we have released the Canada gem, the first open source project hosted under the vanruby github organization. It's a small step, but the long term goal is to build a culture of giving back to open source in our community.

I encourage you to come join us at the next hack night. If you are looking for a project to contribute to, or if you are looking for ideas for new projects, you can probably get some pointers and inspiration here.

If you would like to host your next open source project under vanruby, just let me know at the next hack night or ping me on IRC. We also need a projects page on the website, if you would like to build that, please send a pull request to the repo.


We started experimenting with a Ruby/Rails helpdesk at our hack nights and have more experienced members in our community helping those who are new to Ruby/Rails. If you are stuck on a problem, need pointers on where to get started, etc, this is the place to be. We also need more volunteers to help run the helpdesk, so if you like helping people, considering helping out at the next hack night!


We also have a wiki on github. It's an open wiki that anyone can edit. At the moment, it's pretty much empty, but the idea is that when someone helped you with something at the hacknight/helpdesk, you should pay it forward by documenting them on the wiki, because someone else would probably come with the similar questions in the future. By doing that we can accumulate knowledge/resource and improve on them overtime. Pages like "Resources for learning Rails", "How do I join the #vanruby IRC channel" with links to relevant resources would be very helpful.


As always, we hang out on the #vanruby IRC channel on freenode.

Hope to see you at the next hack night! 


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