After a long long time, I managed to attend a hackathon - FOSS Hack 3.0
I have a confession to make.
I have had a secret hackathon burnout all these years. The last time I attended a hackathon might have been in 2016 or 2017.
But this hackathon is different. I didn’t face any burnout or pressure.
Instead, I just kept working on what I wanted to work on.
One of the things that I did differently in this event compared to my previous hackathons is to work on a project that I would use in the real world.
In my previous hackathons, I used to work on some random app(s) or game(s) which was far out of my reach. This time: I had a well-scoped and practical idea.
Besides, this hackathon is very special to me - because it is for building Open-source software. How cool is it! (dreamed about something like this to happen in India around 2013-14-ish timeline)
I worked on a new project called waymond which I had been looking to get started on for a long time. I used the hackathon as an excuse to work on it 😀
- An open-source autoscaler.
- Aiming to provide autoscaling for a wide variety of infrastructure.
- Modular and extensible.
- Built with Go.
I got the chance to learn some Go and explore some libraries while working on the project. I want to share all my learnings here in this blog. At the same time, I would love to keep working and maintaining the project moving forward.
I was able to make v0.1.0 release:
- Helped me arrive at a design for the system
- Helped me in prototyping a very basic use case
- Helped me to write the “core” parts of the software. (of course, I might most probably need to refactor it once I have a better understanding)
- Gave me the chance to write an elaborate README for the project
I already prepared a thin milestone v0.2.0 for the project. The aim is to deploy it on real-world workloads (yeah, I do have them and will talk about it in detail once I am there)
I also recorded a small demo to show my progress so far (also needed to submit it at the end of the hackathon)
It was happening both in-person and online. I attended it online, as I couldn’t travel to Bangalore at the moment.
Also, I had to do some solo hacking this time. Because the project that I have been working on is in its very early stages and it would have been hard to collaborate with a team. (so, I didn’t want to disturb my friends with lot of unknowns at this point.)
But I wished the opposite in both cases:
- I wished to attend it online.
- I wished to work on it with a team.
maybe next time!
But the good thing is I was able to make some decent progress on the project and it is already at an ok-ish level to accept Open Source contributions for it. So, if you are looking to contribute to an OSS project written in Go, then this is your chance! Take a look at the issue tracker here.
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I am still very shy to show my code, but it’s a hackathon project - so I hope you wouldn’t mind my 222 lines long