Monday, January 1, 2018

My Christmas / New Year Journey: Fixing bugs. Part 2

Happy New 2018 Year!

First part of the blog is available here.

So I have been looking for some new bug for the last few days. I have found a few interesting once, contacted different project maintainers, but they didn't respond. Probably because of the holidays.

And finally I found something interesting: rmw project.
As it states on GitHub page: "rmw is an OS portable cli trash can utility written in C. It can send files to your "Desktop" trash, or a completely separate folder. It can also: restore files; permanently delete files that were rmw'ed more than xx number of days ago; skip files or directories that have a "PROTECT" directive in the configuration file; and append a unique string to the filenames so they won't be overwritten (duplication protection)."

I was always curious how the different projects are available in multiple languages, I thought it required a lot of copy-pasted text and if statements... But during my experience I found out that one of the ways is to use gettext tool. So I decided to contribute and translate the output messages to Russian and Ukrainian.

It was definitely an interesting experience and welcoming community!

I can now tell that I finally feel comfortable with contributing, creating pull requests and starting to work on the new projects!

During last 4 months I tried to gain confidence as an open source contributor and programmer.

My goal was to learn more "how big programmers code", best practices and explore some technologies, I have never heard/tried before.

I can say with confidence that I have done at all of that.

And since it's impossible to know and try everything in IT field, I will still continue my journey in Open Source, in exploring new technologies and programming languages by myself.


  1. omg! This blog post showed up in the traffic stats for rmw. I'm so glad you had a pleasant experience working on rmw, Svitlana. :) And best of luck on achieving your future goals!

    1. Thank you! Didn't expect you to see this blog post :) It was a pleasure working on your project :D

  2. Great writeup, I hope others feel encouraged by you to pick up open source contributions as well. Thanks for your help with the translations!

    1. Thank you for your comment! And I hope I will contribute more in the New Year :)


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