Building the Hangman Game
Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how exactly I could get started in terms of contributing to the project but I found that doing some of the JS resources mentioned in the js-tuesday-hangman project readme was a good way to get started. With time, I got more confident with my JS skills and soon I was ready to take up my first task for this project. One of the collaborators on this project(Mark Pearyer) helped suggest what could be the first task that I could take up. This helped in a way as I had missed some of the initial sessions since when the project had initially kicked off.
Learnt how to use some parts of Bootstrap like using the Bootstrap modal and the related button CSS
In one of the hangout sessions we had Saron to help us out with some prioritization for the tasks related to the project and from the entire discussion one major takeaway for me was this quote that she had made - “make it work, make it right, and make it better”. Come to think of it, this is what we do in the projects we work in. It’s just that we need to be more conscious about it.
I’m from India and working on this project gave me the wonderful opportunity to work with a distributed team.
In one of the tasks that I was working on, I wasn’t really sure if I was doing things the right way and I brought it up for discussion in a hangout session with others in team. After a quick discussion, I realized that I was think of approaching a solution in only one way. Just a different perspective from fellow team members helped me to realize that things were actually much simpler than what I had initially thought of. I learnt approaching a problem from a different perspective with no assumptions made(like for e.g., thinking that things can only be done in one way) could really help simplify a problem.
These were also those things I never really thought I’d get exposure to when I first started working on the project but I’ve come to realize that if one is more open to working collaboratively there is so much more to learn. No wonder things like pair programming, collaborative code reading etc., are so helpful :)