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Open Source Profile - Keynote at the Open Quality Conference

How to create an open source profile and incrementally build a portfolio by adding value through sharing your learning, experience and thoughts.


Open Quality Conference 2020

The Open Quality Conference is a new online conference based around Open Sourced Tooling.

2020.openqualityconf.com

The conference itself is pretty cheap to attend at $49 there are also addon workshops on Accessibility, APIs and CI/CD.

The conference is also running a free Hack Fest day after the main conference with networking, mini-workshops, demos.

  • 5th October 2020 - Workshops
  • 6th October 2020 - Talks
  • 7th October 2020 - Free Hacktober Fest Day

Profits are being shared with a variety of Open Source Projects.

Official Blurb

In this talk we will provide examples of using Github, Netlify, Hugo, Heroku, GitPages, Gist and a host of other sites and tools to share your knowledge, and expand your skillset and experience as you do so. You don’t have to share code to take advantage of the open source hosting. You don’t need to be able to code to do this.

  • how to open sourcing your thinking and make your experience visible
  • how to use free hosting and free tools for blogging
  • develop your technical skillset as you share information
  • Using Github to share information, not just code
  • use Github features to promote your personal brand
  • how to share your small tools and custom code
  • how to harness free hosting for small web and application projects
  • gain experience with CI using free tools online with no setup required

Your Open Source Portfolio and Portfolio

Anyone can start open sourcing, building their experience with the tooling as they demonstrate and build their expertise.

Too often open source is taken to mean - technical tools and coding.

But what if we take it to mean “freely sharing information”.

I want to encouraging more people to share their information and experience. Showing them that all the tools they need are free and open source. And trying to remove the barriers and blockers to sharing knowledge.

You can use the open source ecosystem to build an online profile and portfolio. Use it to host your learning, your thoughts, your code snippets, useful hints and tips. Develop your personal brand as you learn the open source tools to create a portfolio of work that raises your professional profile.

In this talk I will provide examples of using Github, Netlify, Hugo, Heroku, GitPages, Gist and a host of other sites and tools to share your knowledge, and expand your skillset and experience as you do so.

You don’t have to share code to take advantage of the open source hosting. You don’t need to be able to code to do this.

Examples and Brain Dump

  • blogging is essentially open sourcing your thinking
    • I have notes on hosting blogs/sites on gitpages and netlify which I am currently expanding
    • my sites use Hugo, and are deployed to Netlify (because they are commercial content), but many of my apps are hosted on gitpages.
  • Social profiles are transient sources for sharing information and glimpses into your experiences.
  • We don’t need to use a full Github Project, Gist allows us to share small snippets.
  • github can be used to host more than code e.g. ‘lists’ of stuff, testing notes, the raw posts for blogs, ‘cheat sheets’ etc. these can be written in markdown and ‘read’ through e.g.
  • github can be used for mixed content to create learning platforms and materials e.g. https://github.com/eviltester/junitexamples
  • using the github readme to pull the content together through an ‘index’ page.
  • small support tools and scripts that you create for your own work
    • e.g. I have code for generating docs from markdown, converting mind maps into markdown for creating presentations, automatically formatting ‘scripts’ for video production etc.
  • Building a portfolio of apps using gitpages and heroku
  • I use gitpages to host simple apps e.g.
  • I use Heroku as a platform for free application hosting this removes hosting barriers
  • Travis CI and GitHub actions for free Continuous Integration
  • Monetising your content and moving it into a ‘side-hustle’
  • Building a Content Web to help people find the value you add.
  • Why is doing this useful? How can we counter objections to doing it?
    • Find out on the day.
  • Tactics for fitting in this around your day job and life.

The talk will show that anyone can start open sourcing, building their experience with the tooling as they demonstrate and build their expertise, with the material graduating to more ‘advanced’ and ‘traditional’ usage as the talk progressed.

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