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In Hack Reactor week 1, we had a class in which Phillip Alexander taught us about open source contribution. Before we talk about “contribution,” let’s find out what open source is. Wikipedia’s definition: “In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.


The easiest definition for open source is this: it means anything that is free to use, reproduce, or redesign. We all know the power of crowdsourcing. If there are 10 thousand people reviewing and contributing to a project, we would assume it to have less typos/bugs. Open source contribution’s goal is to make software safer & better.

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In Hack Reactor week 6 (the final week of our junior life), we started working on our MVP project. It’s our first time in Hack Reactor to work on a project solo. Within 36 hours, we needed to come up with an idea, write our product from scratch, and prepare a demo.


My MVP project is called Github Saga, which is a web service that allows you to enter your Github handle and find out your contribution data among your followers and following.

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In Hack Reactor week 3, we were introduced to Backbone.js. I didn’t fully grasp the concept of Backbone in class, so I would like to practice it and explain my understanding here.

Backbone is an MVC framework that is widely used in Javascript. MVC stands for “Model”, “View”, and “Controller.” The benefit of using MVC is that your code will be cleaner and easier to maintain/expand in the future.

So, first of all, let’s build an HTML page for our To-do app. We need to include jquery, underscore, and backbone library. The app.js is the file we will build for backbone.

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This past week flew by like an arrow. I just completed Hack Reactor week 1 (wohoo)! There are lots of stuff I learned from this past week. Here is the quick review of what I experienced in week 1.

1. Awesome people: People at Hack Reactor are super cool. From lecturers, staff, to seniors and same cohort peers, everyone is so passionate and caring. The energy in the environment really motivates me to be as awesome as others.

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You know how I researched coding bootcamps and the reason I chose Hack Reactor from here. I applied for four bootcamps in the Bay Area, and this post is about my application experience.

I finalized my application list to these four bootcamps: Hack Reactor, Dev Bootcamp, RocketU, and Coding Dojo. Because Hack Reactor was on the top of my list, I first went through Coding Dojo and RocketU’s applications (to practice and prepare myself).

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