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What hacking AOL taught a generation of programmers

The open source ethos behind rogue AOL add-ons.

Rose Judge

Challenging the expectations of open source

Rose on the art of observation, projecting confidence, and seizing opportunities to learn.

Lorin Hochstein // Netflix

Making operational work more visible

How to shoulder-surf remotely and learn from the experiences of others.

Feross Aboukhadijeh

There are no warranties on open source

Feross on building OSS building blocks, rewriting the rules, and releasing obligations.

Sonia John

Taking a DevRel approach to developer onboarding

Maximizing community participation is a journey, not a destination.

The ReadME Project amplifies the voices of the developer community by telling stories about:

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Move over JavaScript: Back-end languages are coming to the front-end

A new crop of server-side tools is making it possible to build web UIs without JavaScript.

John Allspaw // Adaptive Capacity Labs

What we talk about when we talk about ‘root cause’

It’s a lot more nuanced than you might think.

Adewale Abati

Keeping an Ace up your sleeve

To make a global impact, Adewale shines the spotlight on Nigerian developers and prioritizes accessibility.

Monica Powell // Newsela

Brag now, remember later: Document your accomplishments

In Part Four of her series, Monica shows how you are in a unique position to be your best advocate.

Issy Long // Homebrew

Learning, connecting, and building a routine

Issy stresses the importance of staying patient with themself and taking breaks.

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Hosts in the hot seat

Neha and Brian turn the interview tables on each other.


freeCodeCamp: For curious people, by curious people

Founder Quincy on his journey from journalist to OSS pioneer.

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Astronomy community shapes their own destiny with Astropy

Astronomy is a software based field, and the community is building their own open source tools.

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Tatiana Mac

Move intentionally and fix things

Tatiana on chasing good energy, considering intent, and judging yourself on your last action.

Pedro Nauck // Docz

Prioritizing health and balance over Docz

Pedro went from unhealthy, anxiety-filled days to a more sustainable, creative lifestyle.

Felipe de Morais // AfroPython

Lowering the barrier of entry into open source

Felipe does all he can to make it easier for others to get involved and thrive in the IT world.

Keeley Hammond // Electron

All it takes is one ‘yes’

Keeley on prioritizing your passion, assigning equal roles in OSS, and paying contributors fairly.


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Juan Pablo Buriticá

The good, the bad, and the ugly of making decisions in open source

Using RFCs to support decision-making when working in public.

Monica Powell // Newsela

Your future self will thank you: Building your personal documentation

In Part Three of this series, Monica explains how to build a second brain of knowledge you’ll use over and over.

Jon Parise // Pinterest

Knowing when to say 'no'

Recognize which contributions are a good fit for the project—and which are not.

Monica Powell // Newsela

How to hone your new superpower: teaching

In part two of Monica's series on the value of documentation, she discusses the mindset, process and benefits of public documentation.

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ReadME Project

Coding is usually seen as a solitary activity, but it’s actually the world’s largest community effort led by open source maintainers, contributors, and teams. These unsung heroes put in long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities.

The ReadME Project is part of GitHub’s ongoing effort to amplify the voices of the developer community. It’s an evolving space to engage with the community and explore the stories, challenges, technology, and culture that surround the world of open source.

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