Jewels from DGPLUG training


Kurian Benoy


June 26, 2019

Dgplug conduct awesome FOSS training every year. I have decided to participate this years training. The following are some of the questions which have been answered during training by experts here.


mbuf, what are the basics Industry expect from a Bachelors student?


<mbuf> django_master, I cannot answer for the industry, but, there are two schools of thought that you should be familiar with

<mbuf> django_master, there is the cathedral style of working, where you do what your managers ask you to do, and ask no questions; most of the service companies follow this model

<mbuf> django_master, there is also the bazaar model in lot of start-up like companies, where they have the FLOSS culture, where you question everything and see how to improve thingns

<mbuf> django_master, there are few large enterprises, where small teams work in a bazaar model too

<mbuf> django_master, to understand the differences, you need to read

<mbuf> next

<mbuf> django_master, basically your basics should be strong, attitude to learn

<mbuf> django_master, if you want to survive and work in FLOSS companies

<mbuf> django_master, again, it is important to work in a project that interests you, than be stuck in the wrong company


I get stuck when solving harder problems and bugs that take about 4-5 days effort. How to show perseverance when solving bigger problems and when mentors continuosly get back to you with comments?


<mbuf> django_master, this is where the communication guidelines come into play

<mbuf> django_master, you need to describe all the approaches you have taken to solve the problem or bug, document it, maybe in a blog post, and send it for review

<mbuf> django_master, and if the mentors find that you have really put in the effort, then they may guide you or give you pointers

<mbuf> django_master, nobody said life is easy; if you are afraid, or scared to experiment, learn and try out things, you are in the wrong industry

<mbuf> django_master, there is a reason why engineers are paid well :) (to solve hard problems)


Have you given any talk proposal for Pycon India?


<sayan> django_master: nope!

<sayan> I'm not working much on Python these days

<django_master> Oh you are working infrastructure track right?

<sayan> django_master: Yup

<kushal> django_master, I would love to, but, my proposals do get rejected with strange columns over many years

<sayan> kushal: push harder?

<django_master> kushal, What if you are not getting selected. How can anyone get selected for Pycon India

<kushal> sayan, whom should I push?

<sayan> Try to find something which is not on the internet?

<django_master> kushal, weren't you a speaker last time?

<sayan> kushal: you just need to work harder?

<kushal> sayan, or like a senior software engineer


Everyone here talks about importance of blogging. How frequently we should blog and on what topics?


<mbuf> django_master, Stephen King (the writer) says the ratio of reading to writing is 10:1

<mbuf> django_master, if you read 10x, then you will write a 1x piece

<django_master> mbuf, amazing answer

<mbuf> django_master, writing is an important habit in our culture, and we want everyone to write, get it reviewed by others as well

<mbuf> django_master, it is useful documentation not only for you, but, for others as well

<mbuf> I will encourage every one to read this Stephen King's book "On Writing"

<mbuf> he talks a lot about writing fiction, but, the practices are very good; I will not give away the answer, but, will let you all read it

<mbuf> Try to write at least one blog post per week; that is a good number

<mbuf> of course, if you are working on a massive piece, you can take your time on it

<mbuf> documentation is as important as writing code, and we emphasize that a lot; so, if you have good writing habits, you will do well here andtra in life; otherwise, start working on it